Actor Gary Sinise Rocks for Navy Yard Employees | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : News

Filed Under:

Actor Gary Sinise Rocks for Navy Yard Employees

Play associated audio
Sinise and his band performed at DAR Constitution Hall.
WAMU/Elliott Francis
Sinise and his band performed at DAR Constitution Hall.

It's been nearly three months since the tragic shooting at the Washington Navy Yard, and last night one of Hollywood's most beloved actors brought music to Washington to lift the spirits of Navy Yard employees and their families.

In 1994, actor Gary Sinise's portrayal of Lt. Dan Taylor in the Oscar-winning film Forrest Gump formed an immediate and enduring bond with U.S. servicemen and women. Ten years later, Sinise created the  Lt. Dan Band, a nimble pop rock cover group that entertains troop serving here in the U.S. and abroad. Sinise, the band's bassist, says it was just hours after the shooting three months ago when he called his contacts at the USO with an idea.

"Because I wanted to offer to do something like a healing concert, a support concert, something where we could come to the Navy Yard to show support and help the employees through that tragedy," he says.

Last night's concert held at DAR Constitution Hall was originally planned for October 24 but was postponed due to the government shutdown.

"And so we had to cancel that. But when the shutdown was over I called up and said how about this date, December 3? Let's try and move it to an indoor venue. It's just important that the Navy Yard folks are remembered for what they're going through," he says.

John Pray, executive vice president of the USO, says many Navy Yard employees and their families at the concert were still healing.

"Generally speaking, they're doing well. I think it's one of the tributes to the American people is that we are a resilient group and in the face of tragedy we all come together and bond and heal and move on," he says.

More than 2,000 members civilian employees and their families attended last night's concert.

NPR

'American Crime' And 'The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt' Highlight The TV Revolution

Tina Fey co-created the quirky comedy The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt for Netflix; John Ridley made the emotionally raw drama American Crime for ABC. TV critic David Bianculli says they're both good.
NPR

Dump The Lumps: The World Health Organization Says Eat Less Sugar

WHO says there's strong evidence that excessive sugar is bad for us. So it's recommending that we cut back significantly.
NPR

House Approves Amtrak Funding, Rewrites Rules To Allow Furry Riders

The bill freezes funding at current levels for four years, and lets some pets ride the rails with their owners. It also separates the high-ridership Northeast Corridor from the rest of the system.
WAMU 88.5

Transportation App Bridj Has Bus-Sized Ambitions For D.C.

It works similar to other ride-sharing apps, in that you establish a location and destination, and order a ride. But you'll be shown where to catch a Bridj bus, instead of getting a vehicle at your door.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.