"Lt. Dan" Helps Sponsor Military Family Festival

By Chris Gordon
|  Wednesday, Sep 11, 2013  |  Updated 11:33 PM EDT
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"Forrest Gump" star Gary Sinise helped sponsor a festival Wednesday honoring military members and their families.

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"Forrest Gump" star Gary Sinise helped sponsor a festival Wednesday honoring military members and their families.

The Invincible Spirit Festival was held at Ft. Belvoir in Fairfax County, Va. and sponsored by United Service Organizations of Metropolitan Washington and the Gary Sinise Foundation. Sinise's Lt. Dan Band perfomed at the event, and food and fun were on hand for military families throughout the evening. 

"We've got so many people in the D.C. area that are hospitalized and going through rehab. They've served since 9/11, some responded to 9/11 by signing up and deploying and then getting hurt," Sinise said. 

The Sinise Foundation helped build an accessible home in Fredericksburg, Va. for wounded veteran John Peck, who joined the military in 2001, his sophomore year in high school. 

"Seeing the towers go down, it stirred something inside me. That's why I decided to join the military," Peck said. 

The same evening, an unveiling was held in Northern Virginia for the newest 9/11 memorial -- constructed of World Trade Center beams, honoring the 22 Prince William County, Va. residents killed that day. 

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