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Grateful American: A Conversation with Gary Sinise

“Engage at the Bush Center, Presented by Highland Capital Management” tells the story of how the film and TV star found his calling – to see that those who defend this country and its freedoms are never forgotten

March 20, 2019

DALLAS (March 20, 2019) – On March 31, the George W. Bush Presidential Center will present “Grateful American: A Conversation with Gary Sinise,” part of the “Engage at the Bush Center, Presented by Highland Capital Management” series. Auditorium seating for this event is sold out, but overflow seating remains available. The event will also be livestreamed at bushcenter.org and via Facebook Live.

Sinise was nominated for an Academy Award for his landmark role of Lt. Dan Taylor in Forrest Gump and won an Emmy Award for his portrayal of George Wallace in 1998. For nearly four decades, while simultaneously working tirelessly to help and support our nation’s military and first responders, Sinise has starred in hit films and television series like Apollo 13, Ransom, Truman, and CSI: NY.

Sinise has entertained more than a half million troops around the world playing bass guitar with his Lt. Dan Band, and in 2011 he founded the Gary Sinise Foundation with a mission to serve and honor America's defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. “While we can never do enough to show our gratitude to our nation’s defenders, we can always do a little more,” Sinise says. In 2008, President Bush awarded Sinise the Presidential Citizens Medal, the nation’s second-highest civilian honor. 

Col. Miguel Howe, USA (Ret.), the April and Jay Graham Fellow of the Military Service Initiative at the Bush Institute, will lead a conversation with Sinise and discuss his new memoir, The New York Times Best Seller, Grateful American: A Journey from Self to Service.

The Engage public programming series brings newsmakers, thought leaders, and innovators to the Bush Center. Thought-provoking lectures and discussions allow visitors to connect with the Bush Center in a new way and dive deeper into many of the issues and policy areas that matter most. 

WHEN:                 March 31, 2019

                             Event begins at 2:00 p.m.

                             Security sweep prior to event


WHERE:                George W. Bush Presidential Center

                              2943 SMU Boulevard

                              Dallas, Texas 75205


MEDIA RSVP:     https://forms.bushcenter.org/credentials

                            Media should apply for credentials no later than Wednesday, March 27.

For more information, please visit www.bushcenter.org/engage or email Katie Ballard at [email protected]. “Grateful American: A Conversation with Gary Sinise” will also be broadcast via Facebook Live and at www.bushcenter.org


About the Bush Center:

Rooted in the guiding principles of President George W. Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush, the George W. Bush Presidential Center engages communities in the United States and around the world by developing leaders, advancing policy, and taking action to solve today’s most pressing challenges. Through three Impact Centers – Domestic Excellence, Global Leadership, and an Engagement Agenda – the Bush Institute delivers measurable results that save and improve lives. The Bush Center is home to the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum, which is operated by the National Archives and Records Administration, and the George W. Bush Institute, the nonpartisan, public-policy arm of the Bush Center. The Bush Center is located on the campus of SMU in Dallas, Texas, and also includes a 15-acre park; Café 43, a full-service restaurant; and a Museum Store.