FORT SILL, OK (KSWO) -Academy award nominated actor and musician Gary Sinise is getting ready for a trip to Fort Sill.
He's bringing his Lt. Dan Band to Fort Sill for a free concert on Saturday, April 23,
7News anchor Monte Brown got a chance to talk to Sinise about the "Forest Gump" character that inspired the band's name.
"It's kind of hard to believe it's been over 20 years since we were first introduced to "Forrest Gump and your character Lt. Dan Taylor. Did you ever dream that that character would inspire so many people, especially the military?"
"You know, when I first got the part, I was very excited to play it. I have Vietnam veterans in my family and I had been working local Vietnam veterans groups in the Chicago area going back to the early 80s, and so I was focused and really wanted that part just to honor those veterans, my own family and Vietnam veterans."
"What should people expect on Saturday night at Fort Sill, and have you ever been here?"
"This will be my first time to Fort Sill. I've been wanting to come very much and I reached out to Gen. Rossi there and said 'Hey, how about it we come? Let's find a date.' He was eager to get us there and worked it out and got my team on it. We're all set to come out there and play a very high energy show of cover tunes. The band plays other people's music and I wanted to put a show together with a lot of songs people will recognize and appreciate. There's a little something for everybody. Everybody is going to have a great time."
"It seems like you've really taking over in his footsteps there. Why do you want to do so much for our nation's veterans?"
"It all kind of starts right there with the veterans in my own family and most particularly Vietnam veterans. When I played Lt. Dan, I had been working the 80s with the Vietnam veterans. It was apparent that our Vietnam veterans did not receive the welcome home they deserved. They were crapped on and it was a bad time for our nation the way we treated our veterans and I did not want that to happen again to our currently serving active duty folks going to Iraq or Afghanistan. I just started volunteering to make sure they knew they were appreciated and that all kind of manifested into my foundation, the Gary Sinise Foundation."
The Lt. Dan Band concert is Saturday, April 23. Concert gates open at 6 p.m. and the opening act, "Stolen Silver," takes the stage at 6:30 p.m. Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band will take the stage at 7 p.m.
Admission is free with your driver's license or other government ID.
If you plan on going to the free concert, you will not need an access pass if you use Gate 2 off of Rogers Lane near I-44. Gate 2 will open at 4 p.m. and you'll be able to park in Conklin Field. If you plan on using a different gate to access Fort Sill, you'll need to have either a DoD issued license or a visitor's pass.
Weapons, professional cameras and recording devices and outside food or drink are not allowed. Bags, backpacks, chairs and other items will be checked at the event entry point. Alcoholic beverages will be restricted to the concert area. Click here for a full list of rules and entry methods.