Hollywood actor Gary Sinise and his band will make a special appearance on June 9 at HQ Field on Fort Polk.

Perhaps best known for his role as Lt. Dan in the critically acclaimed Tom Hanks film, Forrest Gump, Sinise travels around the world performing with the Lt. Dan Band to entertain troops and their families.

The goal of the Gary Sinise Foundation is to honor soldiers, veterans, first responders and their families. The foundation creates and supports programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen and build communities.

“Freedom and security are precious gifts that we, as Americans, should never take for granted,” Sinise states in the Foundation’s official mission statement. “We must do all we can to extend our hand in times of need to those who willingly sacrifice each day to provide that freedom and security.

“While we can never do enough to show gratitude to our nation's defenders, we can always do a little more.”

Sinise decided to come to Fort Polk after meeting some soldiers from the area while overseas stated Kim Reischling from the Fort Polk Public Affairs Office.

He is very military-friendly, Reischling stated.

Like many of Sinise’s concerts he is not doing it for any sort of personal profit. “He’s doing it for free, which shows his deep connection to those in the armed forces,” Reischling said. “This event has taken a lot of planning, but I personally think it’s going to be a fun day and a great event.”

The Lt. Dan Band concert will be free and open to the public.

Anyone interested who does not have regular access to Fort Polk can obtain a temporary guest pass for the event at the Visitor’s Center on Entrance Road.