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The day that you are a shrimp boat captain, I will come and be your first mate.

Do you know who said that?  Lt. Dan from Forrest Gump, of course!
Ben and I went to the Lt. Dan band concert last night.  What is really neat about the band is that they most often play for charities/benefits to raise money to support wounded veterans, and they often go on USO tours all over the world to visit our service men/women.  Another cool thing about Gary Sinise is that he was born in Blue Island, IL and started the band in Chicago.  Awesome!
The band is a cover band and has such a wide variety of talent, so they were able to play through many different genres and eras! It was so fun!! They also did such a wonderful job of honoring our servicemembers, especially those injured.
And for those of you who didn't know, most of Forrest Gump was filmed in Beaufort--so Gary Sinise said he's extremely proud that he was able to film a movie in a town that has such a great support and love for the military.
We even got to spend a few minutes in Gary Sinise's trailer thanking him for raising so much money for our troops, and he thanked Ben for his service.

This was painted in minutes on stage and then sold to a bidder in the audience for $20,000 and then another one for $15,000 for the Independence Fund (an organization for wounded veterans).

Ben was so excited he could barely keep his eyes open.


  1. eeeek! girl, if i was there in that trailer with you all, i would have freaked out! Forest Gump is one of my fave movies! i also love the pics from last night - so much fun!

  2. p.s. AND when you told me you were going to meet "him," i thought you were talking about the crazy, awkward country singer - not Lt. Dan!