Longtime DAV supporter and spokesman Gary Sinise is serving as the Honorary Starter for the 56th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Spring Cup Series race.
Sinise, an actor best-known for his role as Lt. Dan Taylor in the movie Forrest Gump, has long been recognized for his efforts on veteran causes. Sinise has performed complimentary concerts for DAV members, veterans and service members deployed abroad. He is also the spokesman for American Veterans Disabled for Life Memorial, which is currently under construction in Washington, D.C. DAV has been a staunch supporter of this memorial, which will honor ill and injured veterans and their sacrifices.
“Gary Sinise is a longtime advocate for DAV and is committed to our mission to fulfill our promises to the men and women who served,” said National Adjutant Marc Burgess. “Since he won over the hearts of veterans and civilians alike as Lt. Dan in Forrest Gump a decade ago, he has not wavered in his support of our nation’s heroes.”
For more than 30 years Sinise has entertained audiences with many other memorable roles in movies such as Apollo 13, Ransom and Truman, as well as the television police drama “CSI: NY.” He has earned a Golden Globe Award, an Emmy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards and an Academy Award nomination.
DAV has long commended Sinise for his support of the military and veteran community. In 2008, Sinise received the Presidential Citizens Medal from President George W. Bush, the second-highest civilian honor awarded to citizens for exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation and holds the distinction of being only the third actor ever to receive this honor.
Tune in to FOX Sunday, Feb. 23 at 1:00 p.m. ET to see Sinise honored for his efforts at the Daytona International Speedway while he waves the green flag to start the 56th annual Daytona 500 NASCAR Spring Cup Series race.