Actor Gary Sinise in Lansing on Sunday to honor vets

Actor and musician Gary Sinise performs with his Lt. Dan Band during the America Supports You concert in May 2008 at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. The photo was provided by the Department of Defense.

LANSING | The man most moviegoers know as Forrest Gump’s Lt. Dan will be in Lansing on Sunday at its veterans memorial.

Actor Gary Sinise will present a donation toward the Lansing Veterans Memorial’s restoration at its Salute to Vietnam Veterans.

The program will mark the 50th anniversary of the Vietnam War.

The donation will be presented on behalf of the actor, his wife and his Gary Sinise Foundation, according to a news release.

His Lt. Dan Band is scheduled to perform at its annual Lt. Dan Band concert on Saturday in Wheaton, Ill., for the 10th Rockin’ for the Troops concert at Cantigny Park. Those tickets are $25 and can be purchased online or at Jewel-Osco.

Sinise has been a longtime supporter of veterans' issues. The Gary Sinise Foundation was created in 2011 to support causes aiding veterans, first responders and their families.

The Lansing Veterans Memorial is near the corner of Glenwood-Lansing Road and Burnham Avenue across the parking lot from the Ford Hangar at the Lansing Municipal Airport.

Part of the memorial includes a mounted Huey helicopter and a wall with 145 names of servicemen and women, mostly from Chicago and the Southland who died in battle from the Civil War to the first Gulf War in 1991, according to the organization’s website.

The event in Lansing is scheduled to run from noon to 3 p.m. Sinise is scheduled to arrive about 12:30 p.m.

For more information, visit lansingveteransmemorial.com.


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