Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 | 4:32 a.m.
As Veterans Day is commemorated today across the USA, Fremont Street Experience also appropriately celebrated and honored the men and women who serve in the military with a Salute to the Troops gathering and a concert by actor and musician Gary Sinise’s Lt. Dan Band on Saturday at Fremont Street Experience in downtown Las Vegas.
Contributing photographer Tom Donoghue captured the emotion and excitement of Salute to the Troops and the free performance by Lt. Dan Band, named after Sinise’s character in the Oscar-winning film “Forrest Gump” starring Tom Hanks, Sally Field and Robin Wright.
Attendees included D Las Vegas headliner Frankie Scinta, Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority head honcho Rossi Ralenkotter and more than 250 servicemen and servicewomen in a Wounded Warriors “Walk of Gratitude” and their family and friends.
Donoghue reported that it was “a really moving experience. Sinise was brilliant in front of thousands on Fremont Street in downtown Las Vegas on Saturday night. There was so much love and heart and soul in the air.
“It was quite a moving experience. It made me cry inside and out about my son, Sgt. Ed Donoghue, on his fifth tour in Afghanistan. Gary Sinise was brilliant. He really cares about the troops and the USA.”
We honor and salute the brave men and women of the past and present U.S. military who protected and continue to protect the freedoms we have today.
Don Chareunsy is senior editor for arts and entertainment of the Las Vegas Sun.
Robin Leach has been a journalist for more than 50 years and has spent the past decade giving readers the inside scoop on Las Vegas, the world’s premier platinum playground.
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