salute to veterans during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010 will be
highlighted by the return of actor Gary Sinise and his “Lt. Dan Band”
at AirVenture’s Theater in the Woods. The concert, sponsored by EAA
Warbirds of America and the Disabled American Veterans (DAV), is
scheduled for Friday, July 30.
Actor Gary Sinise,
a longtime advocate for veterans, leads the Lt. Dan Band that
will be returning to EAA AirVenture on Friday, July 30. (EAA
Photo by Dan Luft)
It’s the second EAA visit for Sinise,
best known for his role as Vietnam veteran Lt. Dan Taylor in the classic
film “Forrest Gump,” and as star of the hit TV series “CSI: New
York.” Sinise also plays bass in The Lt. Dan Band, which made its
first, hugely popular appearance at Oshkosh in 2008.
The concert will be the highlight of a
series of veteran-focused events that will take place throughout EAA
AirVenture Oshkosh 2010. Further details regarding other events during
the week will be announced as they are finalized.
“We are thrilled to welcome back Gary
Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band to Oshkosh,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA
chairman/president and AirVenture chairman. “The concert will be a
fitting finale to a week of events that will honor America’s veterans
at AirVenture 2010.”
The Lt. Dan Band covers everything from
Bruce Springsteen to Linkin Park, Aretha Franklin to Jimi Hendrix. After
2008’s highly successful Oshkosh concert in front of thousands at
Theater in the Woods, EAA Warbirds of America and Disabled American
Veterans teamed up to sponsor the band’s return. The concert will
follow a series of events dedicated to DAV.
“Gary Sinise is a longtime advocate for
our organization and continues to shine the light on our mission to
build better lives for America’s disabled veterans and their families,”
said DAV National Commander Bobby Barrera. “As a patriotic and
family-friendly venue, EAA AirVenture is an ideal setting to feature the
Lt. Dan Band.”
The 1.2 million-member Disabled American
Veterans, a non-profit organization founded in 1920 and chartered by the
U.S. Congress in 1932, represents this nation’s wartime disabled
veterans. It is dedicated to a single purpose: Building better lives for
our nation’s disabled veterans and their families. For more
information, visit www.DAV.org.
EAA Warbirds of America is a non-profit
organization and division of EAA that is dedicated to the preservation
of former military aircraft, better known as “warbirds.” Since 1964,
EAA Warbirds of America has worked to “Keep ’em Flying.” For more
information, visit www.warbirds-eaa.org.