[caption id=“attachment_3294” align=“aligncenter” width=“500” caption=“Gary Sinise and The Lt. Dan Band hit the stage to celebrate troops and their families at USAG Grafenwoher, Germany, July 4, 2010. (USO Photo by Jaimie Goloyugo)”][/caption]
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Independence Day than being with the men and women of our armed forces. The band and I are always happy to hit the road with the USO. We love performing for troops, because their sacrifices make it possible for the rest of us to live our lives. They deserve so much more, and this is just one way for us to let them know we appreciate what they do.” - Gary Sinise
Emmy Award-winning actor Gary Sinise and his 12-member band, the Lt. Dan Band, celebrated Independence Day with over 4,000 military families at an exclusive USO concert, sponsored by TriWest Health Care Alliance, at U.S. Army Garrison Grafenwoehr in Germany, July 4, 2010. Over the past seven years, Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band have entertained nearly 150,000 troops and military families in the U.S., Japan, South Korea and Afghanistan.
On Saturday, July 10, Sinise and band will travel to Italy to put on another USO show, also sponsored by TriWest, for troops and military families serving at NSA Naples. Can’t make it to Italy? Then check out the Jonathan Flora documentary “Lt. Dan Band: For the Common Good,” which chronicled the band’s journey around the globe in support of U.S. troops. It’s almost like being on the front row.
As always, we love having Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band on tour in support of our Troops. If you were there, let us know what you thought of the concert! And be sure to check out more pictures below…
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[caption id=“attachment_3295” align=“aligncenter” width=“500” caption=“Gary Sinise and his bandmates get up close and personal with Troops and their families at USAG Grafenwoher for their USO concert celebrating Independence Day. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)”][/caption]
[caption id=“attachment_3292” align=“aligncenter” width=“500” caption=“USO President and CEO Sloan Gibson accompanied Sinise and bandmates to Germany, and also took time out to visit with Troops along the way. (USO photo by Jamie Goloyugo)”][/caption]
[caption id=“attachment_3293” align=“aligncenter” width=“500” caption=“Vocalist Jeff Vezain (l) and Gary Sinise lead the band in a crowd favorite. Sinise formed The Lt. Dan Band with Chicago composer/Vietnam veteran Kimo Williams (not shown) in 2003, and they continue to perform 30 to 40 shows annually. (USO Photo by Jamie Goloyugo)”][/caption]
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