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Posts Tagged ‘gary sinise’

Personal Thoughts on Reagan’s 100th Birthday

Posted by traceyporreca on February 6, 2011

There has been much talk leading up to the celebration of Ronald Reagan’s 100th Birthday. I see so many conservative young people posting pictures and articles about him, saying how much they admire him. I think this is wonderful, but sometimes it’s difficult to fully understand the legacy left by someone unless you were there to witness a portion of it. I’d like to tell you a little of my memories of Ronald Reagan, and what he meant to me.

I was in high school when Ronald Reagan was elected president. I come from a liberal family and background and so there really wasn’t a lot of talk about him when he was elected, at least at home. However, I had a wonderful US Government teacher. He was a Navy veteran. I was fascinated with his stories and with his perspective. I learned a lot from him about pride in America and patriotism and what it meant to live in this great country.

A couple of years later, I decided to join the US Navy. A lot of things went into my decision. Honestly, I can’t say patriotism factored into it at the time. Some of what I had learned about our country inspired me to look into serving, but it was more about getting away and striking my own path and the military seemed a good fit. A lot of friends and family were surprised I joined. I’ve always been the type of person who does things that others don’t expect. I think that’s why I fit so well in Alaska. We’re all a bit like that up here. We don’t follow the typical path to most things. We cut our own way, and that’s what I hoped to do by enlisting.

Ronald Reagan had almost completed his first term when I enlisted. Whether this was a direct result of Reagan’s handling of the military at the time, I am uncertain, but I do know there was an effort to enlist more women and so there we all were at the MEPS (Military Entrance Processing Station) center nervously taking our oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States under our Commander in Chief, Ronald Reagan.

There is much to be said for Navy boot camp – it certainly gives you an education in the history and traditions of the United States and the military. I can’t say I enjoyed my time as it was challenging at times, but I was very proud when I was one of the ones who had made it through the process and graduated.

I went to MR “A” School, a school which teaches you to become a machinery repairman, a designation in the Navy which basically equates to being a civilian machinist, and transferred to my first duty station, the Naval Submarine Support Facility in Groton, Connecticut where I made replacement parts for nuclear submarines. It was there that a learned a great deal about the military and pride in work. It was also where I had a front row seat to one of the most tragic events in our nation’s history – The Challenger Disaster.

Working at the submarine base in Groton, we were directly involved in the recovery of what was left of the Challenger. It is now common knowledge that the astronauts, at least some of them, survived the initial breakup of the craft. Unfortunately, we knew that back then and it was hard to see fellow service members struggling with that realization as they worked to recover the debris from the bottom of the Atlantic. Things like that stick with you and shape you. Those experiences certainly allowed me to have an enormous amount of respect for those who were lost, and their families. President Reagan gave one of his most moving speeches after that event. It was a time when the nation needed to be comforted and his speech allowed us, as a nation, to move forward with the process of healing.

And who can forget one of the pinnacle moments in world history, when communism fell. I am a military veteran of the cold war era that was coming to a close under this great man’s leadership. One of the finest and most iconic speeches was given at the Brandenburg gate, Ronald Reagan’s “Berlin Wall” speech:

There were many other moments, such as the assassination attempt on Reagan’s life, that shaped my perspective. I have many proud moments, honors and commendations, from serving under this great man. I left the service about the same time he left office, and I can’t imagine serving under any finer a leader. I am so very proud to have served under President Ronald Reagan.

Much has been said about Reagan as a leader since he left office. Of course there are those who did not appreciate his policies or worldview but I feel our world is better for the time he spent as our president. He was a true leader and I’m so happy that 100 years after his birth, we still have Nancy Reagan and there are still so many alive who remember, and honor, and respect all that he accomplished.

Gary Sinise is another great actor who has become something of a statesman in his own right. In recent years, he has devoted much of his time and energy to honoring our military, through his work with the USO and many other avenues. Today, he had the opportunity to speak as part of the Reagan 100 celebration. Please watch his speech in the video below:

Also, please take the time to honor Reagan’s memory, and legacy, by viewing this video tour of the Reagan Library with Gary Sinise.

As posted on Alaskans4Palin.

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Gary Sinise, An American Hero

Posted by Gary P Jackson on July 22, 2010

By Gary P Jackson

If all there was to say about Gary Sinise was that he was a great and versatile actor, that wouldn’t be a bad legacy, nor would saying he’s a great musician, but there is much more to the man.

Gary has a solid movie career, and has played some memorable characters, and has a hit television series as well. For many that would be good enough, but not for Sinise. When he’s not busy filming, Gary goes around the country, and around the world, playing with his band, the Lt. Dan Band, named for his character in Forrest Gump.

Sinise and his band use their talent to not only raise money for the troops, and other charities, they also go and play for our brave men and women overseas, following in footsteps of other patriotic American entertainers who have given back to those who keep us free and safe.

The video above shows the band letting off a little steam, as they entertain the cast and crew of Gary’s hit CBS show CSI-NY, and also talks about one of charities Gary helped create: Operation International Children.

From their website:

Operation International Children (formerly Operation Iraqi Children) is a grass-roots program founded in early 2004 by actor Gary Sinise (Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, CSI: NY) and author Laura Hillenbrand (Seabiscuit: An American Legend) and joined in partnership with People to People International and its President and CEO, Mary Eisenhower, granddaughter of President Dwight D. Eisenhower.

Sinise and Hillenbrand created OIC to give concerned Americans a way to reach out to the war-stricken children of Iraq by supporting our troops in their efforts to assist them. Working directly with troops, OIC has delivered well over a quarter of a million school supply kits, along with more than half a million toys and thousands of blankets, backpacks, pairs of shoes, Arabic-language books, and sets of sports equipment, all of which have been distributed to children.

While we remain committed to our work in Iraq, OIC has expanded its mission, sending school supplies to Afghanistan and other nations, where American troops are distributing them to children in need. In the future, we will continue to broaden our efforts across the world.

This is a wonderful project, something that will help these kids learn and become more productive. You can learn more and get involved with Operation International Children here.

For more info on the Lt. Dan Band, concert dates, and various ways to help Gary support the troops, check out their website here.

All of the crew over at CSI-NY are headed back to work, and one of our favorite actors Sela Ward will be joining the cast. We can’t wait!

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Once In A Lifetime Dinner With Sarah Palin Leads All-Star Charity Auction For Wounded Warriors

Posted by Gary P Jackson on September 7, 2009

A true once in a lifetime event, the winner of this celebrity auction will spend a memorable evening having dinner with former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin and her husband Todd. Sarah has graciously donated her time to help raise money for the Wounded Warriors Ride 2 Recovery program

Sarah whose son, Track, enlisted in the Army on September 11, 2007, is serving in Iraq. Sarah herself recently returned from a trip to Kosovo visiting her Alaska National Guard troops and Germany visiting wounded warriors.

Ride 2 Recovery is a program that helps wounded troops rehabilitate their injuries and rebuild their athletic ability. From their mission statement:

To improve the health and wellness of wounded warriors by providing a life changing experience that can impact their lives forever.

R2R supports Spinning® Recovery Labs and outdoor cycling programs at Military and VA locations around the U.S. to help injured veterans overcome obstacles they face. Cycling is an important part of the recovery and rehabilitation program for two reasons:

1. Cycling is an activity that almost all patients with mental and physical disabilities can participate.

2. Participation in the Ride 2 Recovery Program helps speed up the recovery and rehabilitation process.

The winner of the charity auction will be able to bring 4 friends along for what will be an incredible evening with the Palins. The winning bidder will be responsible for their airfare to Alaska and lodging. The bidding will open at $25,000.

The auction, which runs from September 8-18, will also feature other great experiences up for bid.

Former White House adviser Karl Rove, the “Architect”, as he is known, is offering, for the winning bidder and 2 friends, lunch at the famous 4-star restaurant, Bobby Van’s Steakhouse in Washington, D.C.

Rove, a Fox News contributor, and weekly op-ed columnist for The Wall Street Journal and Newsweek, will most certainly offer up an interesting and thoughtful lunch. The opening bid for lunch with “Bush’s Brain” is $7,500

Award winning conservative actor Gary Sinise, star of the CBS television series CSI: New York is offering up a set experience and wrap party to a lucky fan. Sinise is a well known supporter of the troops, giving generous amounts of his time to help. He also can be heard doing the voice overs for Army recruiting advertising. .

Gary also has a band, The Lt. Dan Band, named for his unforgettable character from the movie Forrest Gump. Sinese uses the band as a way to raise money for the troops, and also to entertain the troops on his many visits to see them in the field. You can learn more about his band here.

Other items up for auction include:

* Behind the Ropes at a PGA event with David Ferehty

* Lunch at the Capitol with Frank Luntz

* Meet and Greet at the Sean Hannity Show with Sean Hannity and Frank Luntz

* Meet, Greet and Dinner with Bret Baier of Fox Special Report and Steve Hayes

* Play’N’Stay at the World Golf Resort

* Phil Jackson Autographed Basketball

* Rob Lowe Autographed Hollywood Stars Dodger Jersey

To learn more about the Ride 2 Recovery program go here.

To learn more about the once of a lifetime all-star auction go here.

Even if you are unable to bid on these great events, please check out the Ride 2 Recovery website and make a donation on the behalf of a wounded warrior.

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