Skip to comments.Happy Veterans Day: Buy coffee for a soldier (Gary Sinise does)
Posted on 11/11/2011 11:32:54 AM PST by thecodont
Actor Gary Sinise is easily recognizable for his role as Det. Mac Taylor on "CSI:NY" as well as for his Oscar-nominated performance as Lt. Dan in "Forrest Gump." But Veterans Day provides a chance to look at another, arguably more important, role that he plays -- as advocate for U.S. military men and women.
In addition to having received an Emmy ("George Wallace") and a Golden Globe ("Truman"), Sinise is the recipient of the 2008 Presidential Citizens Medal -- one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon a civilian, second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Through his Gary Sinise Foundation, he has helped raise millions for organizations and causes dedicated to serving U.S. military men and women and their families.
He's especially attuned to the difficulties facing military men and women injured in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is currently working to fund custom-built homes for several quadruple amputees and triple amputees making the transition back to civilian life.
We asked Sinise how he'd like to see Americans commemorate this Veterans Day and, for that matter, how people generally can pay proper respect to the troops. He said it's as easy as stopping the next military man or woman and shaking his or her hand in thanks. Or buying that person a cup of coffee or a meal. Or even mowing the front lawn or running the occasional errand for a military family with a mother or father stationed overseas. Here's what he said:
"To me, honoring our veterans each and every day is important -- not just on Veterans Day -- because they are our freedom providers and defenders. So celebrating each and every day as Veterans Day is something I try to encourage in my travels."
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Gary Sinise makes my hear pitter patter. In more ways than one. ;-)
Heart, that is. lol
Gary Sinise is a patriot and his stance and support of the USA Military must drive the rest of the Hollywood Commies nuts?
I think a promotion to General Dan is in order.
Would like to see Gary get into politics when he has made his fortune in entertainment.
bkmrk to buy coffee later.
I went to the Veterans Day Parade in downtown Houston today. A woman walked up to me and asked if I was a veteran. I told her I was and she handed me an envelope and said “Thank you for you service” and went on her way. Inside was a thank you note with the following words written by hand.
I’ve often wondered how to show my sincere gratitude and appreciation for one has sacrificed so
much, one who has given so much, so I can be free. Thank you for your service and all you
have given so I, my children and future generations will be free. May God bless you and
keep you always.
With love and prayer,
This lady was sincere!
There were Occupy Houston one block away from the parade route. My wife said “Everyone of those people should be walking around thanking veterans for their right to protest.
Finally, there was an ARVN soldier in his old uniform who watching the parade. Everytime the American flag passed I came to attention and saluted. Wow!
I meant to say the ARVN soldier came to attention and saluted the American Flag. I typed “I”.