News: Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band show military appreciation with free concert
Story by Cpl. Michael Thorn
MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band performed for service members and families before a colors ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., July 7.
The band's performance was possible due to the combined efforts of noncommissioned officers from 10 different squadrons in Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16 and Marine Corps Community Services.
"This military appreciation concert was a true collaboration between MCCS and 3rd MAW here at MCAS Miramar," said Eva Marie Gutierrez, MCCS director. "Third Marine Aircraft Wing coordinated the colors ceremony honoring Gary Sinise for his continued support to the military through the Gary Sinise Foundation and the Lt. Dan Band. MCCS organized the overall event, from securing the venue, entertainment, production, activities and vendors, to make a free fun event for our military, retirees and their families."
Sinise, an actor and musician, travels with his band worldwide supporting troops and families through concerts and the Gary Sinise Foundation. The foundation honors service members, first responders and their families through donations and moral support.
“It’s great what Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation does for service members,” said Sgt. Maj. Patrick Tracy, MAG-16 sergeant major. “It was an honor having him come out for our Marines. This is a great way to cap off the holiday weekend.”
The concert concluded with a colors ceremony where Sinise received an American flag as the guest of honor.
“My family was full of veterans that served in the Vietnam War,” said Sinise. “I’ve been playing with the band for over 10 years around the world for service members and their families. I thank every one of you for your service.”