Hollywood actor Gary Sinise honored 27 World War II veterans by flying them from California to the National World War II Museum in New Orleans so they could tell their stories for posterity.
According to WGNO-TV, the activity this week was all part of the Gary Sinise Foundation’s “Soaring Valor” program.
Sinise, who played Lt. Dan in the movie “Forrest Gump,” started the foundation to honor those, both past and present, who are serving or have served in the United States military.
While at the World War II museum, veterans had a chance to tell their stories of service.
“There’s never been a more devastating war in human history than what happened in World War II. We have these living, breathing libraries of history,” Sinise said. “We want to spend as much time with them as we can.”
KATC-TV reported that the “Soaring Valor” program is an annual event and is attended by museum historians who are eager to record the accounts of those who served in World War II in order to preserve the information for future generations.
Sinise understands the importance of preserving this important piece of history. While the atrocities of World War II are well documented in history books, many forget to tell the stories of those who fought in the brutal war on the ground level.
Sinise is not only known for this exceptional program, but also his constant dedication to all those who serve the United States.
The Whidbey News Times explained that Sinise’s mission to help U.S. service members began after the 9/11 attacks of 2001.
Since then, Sinise has traveled all over the United States and abroad with his 12-piece band, playing shows for active military members and veterans.
He also heads various programs that remodel homes for military members, give equipment to first responders and provide mobility devices for injured soldiers.
Sinise has some advice for those who want to help those within their own communities.
“I have a public platform, but you don’t have to be a celebrity. Just look in your neighborhood. Start there,” Sinise urged.
“Maybe someone you know has been struggling, struggling in silence and they don’t want to reach out. Reach out to them,” he continued.
Sinise is a fine example of a dedicated and patriotic American. President Donald Trump has repeatedly called for average Americans to support and honor those who have served the United States, and Sinise is one American who is responding to that call.
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