Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band show military appreciation with free concert

MARINE CORPS AIR STATION MIRAMAR, Calif. – Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band performed for service members and families before a colors ceremony aboard Marine Corps Air Station Miramar, Calif., July 7.

The band’s performance was possible due to the combined efforts of noncommissioned officers from 10 different squadrons in Marine Aircraft Group (MAG) 16, who organized the overall event.

“Our NCOs are the ones who put everything together for this evening,” said Gunnery Sgt. Roxanne Edgecomb, MAG-16 headquarters first sergeant. “They organized everything from the concert and vendors, down to the colors ceremony at the end, which was also being done by our NCOs.”

Sinise, an actor and musician, travels with his band worldwide supporting troops and families through concerts and the Gary Sinise Foundation. The foundation honors service members, first responders and their families through donations and moral support.

“It’s great what Gary Sinise and the Gary Sinise Foundation does for service members,” said Sgt. Maj. Patrick Tracy, MAG-16 sergeant major. “It was an honor having him come out for our Marines. This is a great way to cap off the holiday weekend.”

The concert concluded with a colors ceremony where Sinise received an American flag as the guest of honor.

“My family was full of veterans that served in the Vietnam War,” said Sinise. “I’ve been playing with the band for over 10 years around the world for service members and their families. I thank every one of you for your service.”

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