Last Thursday, while most of Hollywood was collapsing in a sexual abuse scandal, actor Gary Sinise - the anti-Harvey Weinstein - was in Washington to accept the Association of the U.S. Army’s highest award for service to the nation, the 2017 George Catlett Marshall Medal.
“For as long as I’m able, I stand with you,” Sinise said as he accepted award, which is described by the Army this way: "The GEORGE CATLETT MARSHALL MEDAL is awarded annually for selfless service to the United States of America. This implies service in more than one area or under extraordinary circumstances."
Sinise became famous for his role as Vietnam veteran, Lt. Dan Taylor in the movie "Forrest Gump," and has had several television roles, including starting in "CSI: New York." After the attacks of September 11, 2001, Sinise became involved in helping veterans. He is the founder of the Gary Sinise Foundation, an organization that, accord to its website, “serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders their families, and those in need. We do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate inspire, strengthen, and build communities.”
The Marshall Dinner at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., was the final event of the three-day AUSA Annual Meeting and Exposition, which was attended by about 30,000 people.
A large part of the work of the Sinise Foundation is building specially adapted homes for disabled veterans.
“We can strive to do a little more each day so you will know we will always have your back," Sinise said at the ceremony. "I am so humbled to be here and deeply moved to receive this honor...I know where my freedom comes from, and I will not forget our defenders.”