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GAC performer earns presidential honor
WASHINGTON (12/26/08)--An upcoming presenter of the 2009 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference was awarded the Presidential Citizens Medal--one of the highest honors a U.S. president can confer upon a civilian, second only to the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
President George W. Bush (right) with Gary Sinise after presenting him with the 2008 Presidential Citizens Medal Wednesday, Dec. 10 in the Oval Office of the White House. (Photo provided by White House/Chris Greenberg
Actor and musician Gary Sinise was among 23 people awarded the medal, established in 1969 to recognize U.S. citizens who have “performed exemplary deeds of service for the nation.” Sinise, star of the hit CBS TV show "CSI New York," will perform during the GAC on Feb. 22 with his Lt. Dan Band, formed with Chicago composer Kimo Williams. "Lieutenant Dan" is the character Sinise portrayed in the 1994 blockbuster film, "Forrest Gump," a role that won him an Oscar nomination. The band has completed six tours for the USO and performs regularly for troops around the world. Separately, Sinise is actively involved in a program that provides school supplies to Iraqi children. “The United States honors Gary Sinise for his efforts to improve the human condition and his strong commitment to the selfless men and women who devote their lives to military service,” said the White House in a statement. For more information on the CUNA GAC, use the link below.


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