Lt. Dan

Do you know Lt. Dan?

Lt. Dan Taylor?

Have you heard of Forrest Gump?

Gary Sinise who portrayed Lt. Dan Taylor in the landmark film Forrest Gump formed an enduring connection with servicemen and women throughout the military community.

Gary Sinise formed a foundation that helps serve our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need.  Click ‘Gary Sinise Foundation’ to find out more information.


Gary Sinise also starred in TV series CIS:NY and currently in the series Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders.

You might be wondering why I am writing a post about Gary Sinise.  Well, Gary Sinise also has a band called the Lt. Dan Band.  The MacDill Air Force Base had a free concert this past Saturday night in one of the airplane hangars and guess who was playing?  Yep, Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.


The evening weather was perfect and my Gary and I had a wonderful time listening to some great music from Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.

I wanted to share several pictures and a small video clip.

52 thoughts on “Lt. Dan

  1. Do you know I found myself reading this whole post in Forrest Gump’s (Tom Hanks) voice. And do you also know – I went and checked out the Foundation and I found myself wanting to help it. You do great work, Terry just by doing what you do. I hope you had the greatest boogie party on Friday when the bands were playing … I hope you smiled and laughed because you deserve that just as much as any veteran does.. You are a man who serves in a different way, but that way is just as important. Our Veterans deserve the best. I try to support that as best I can. I try.

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  2. Oh that must have been awesome ! Nothing beats live music, and sitting out there in the open on such a beautiful day must have been magical. I am a fan of Gary Sinise and thoroughly seeing him in CIS NY. I was aware of his band, but until now had not heard them. Thanks for sharing my friend. Hope you are having a good day. 🙂 x

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    • Lynne, the evening was wonderful, it was nice to just get out and do something different. They put on a great concert and the weather was perfect. I will admit, I had to take extra pain pills, but it was worth the time to enjoy the concert. I am having chemotherapy today and all is good with me. Happy Thursday! 🙂

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    • Yes, we did get out and I am glad for that. I had taken some extra pain medications, but it was well worth it – a great concert and a great time we had. Thanks Kathryn, I always appreciate you stopping by each day – Happy Friday! 🙂

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    • Thank you Dolly, yes these types of posts are certainly uplifting and fun. In order just to get out for the concert, I increased my pain meds quite a bit. This high dosage is not the usual amount – but I needed to get out. The concert was excellent and Gary and I had a great time. Happy Friday! 🙂

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      • You, too, Terry. I often think of you bopping to the music in your car. I wish you a weekend filled with small joys and am so glad you have Gary to listen to music with. Keep your spirit up and do a little jig for me this weekend. I’ll play some music and dance for you, too. 💙

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  3. Gary Sinise is as important to veterans as Tom Hanks is. His work to create a museum dedicated to the Medal of Honor is remarkable. I had no idea he had a band!! Thanks for a great post!

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  4. What a fun concert….Lt. Dan, great character….loved Forrrest Gump….now all I can do is hear Tom Hanks talking like Forrest Gump in everything I hear and read….LOL looks like I am watching a movie tonight…..great music….xxkat

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  5. Gary Sinise is one of my favorite actors. It’s wonderful that you have your own”Gary” to stand by you through the tough times. It’ really difficult to even smile when you’re in so much pain, and I know most of us tend to rate pain a little lower than it is, but smile we must. So smile dear man and cry and cuss or whatever you need to do to get through it.

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