Sinise speaks in Augusta

Thursday, April 21, 2011 7:30 PM
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Even though it is probably his most famous role, actor Gary Sinise seemed a bit startled when U.S. Marine Staff Sgt. Terence Hardy blurted out a question about "Forrest Gump."

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Actor Gary Sinise, center right, laughs as he talks with Lori Ott, right, a board of directors member for the Wounded Warrior Program, and signs an autograph for Dave James, an assistant recreational therapist at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta.   Corey Perrine/Staff
Corey Perrine/Staff
Actor Gary Sinise, center right, laughs as he talks with Lori Ott, right, a board of directors member for the Wounded Warrior Program, and signs an autograph for Dave James, an assistant recreational therapist at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center in Augusta.

"Is it true they made a lot of that movie in Savannah?" said Hardy, a native of Hinesville.

"Yes," said the soft-spoken Sinise, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his portrayal of amputee veteran Lt. Dan Taylor. "We did a lot of the (filming of the) Vietnam battle stuff. That was on Fripp Island."

Sinise met Hardy during his tour Thursday of the Active Duty Rehabilitation Unit at the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center. He also appeared this evening at a soldout fundraising dinner for wounded service members.

Read more about Sinise's visit to Augusta and view additional photos in Friday's editions of The Augusta Chronicle.

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Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 04/21/11 - 07:24 pm
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I loved his when he played

I loved his when he played George Wallace. Great actor and cause...

HaveAHeart
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HaveAHeart 04/21/11 - 07:36 pm
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Wish Gary could have attended

Wish Gary could have attended the 100th birthday of Ms. Ola Hitt...so close, yet no one thought of it?
http://www.martihealybooks.com/uploads/20.Miss_Ola.8.30.06.pdf

HaveAHeart
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HaveAHeart 04/21/11 - 07:39 pm
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Miss Ola Hitt, for more than

Miss Ola Hitt, for more than 30 years, her boarders were limited to veterans –- from every branch of themilitary service, from every war since WW II. For a good length of that time, she rented the house that had been standing next to hers as well, so she could expand the number she was able to shelter. By the time she retired in 1994, Miss Ola
estimates she gave sanctuary to approximately 1,000 war-torn veterans. A thousand souls had been nurtured beneath her gentle watch -- to heal, and find hope, and reach out and touch life again.

WW1949
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WW1949 04/21/11 - 10:40 pm
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This is the kind of news I

This is the kind of news I like to read about. They are "MY KIND" of people. Kind, law abiding and morally good. To heck with anything other than that.

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Batman 04/21/11 - 11:41 pm
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To the organizers... thank

To the organizers... thank you! We obviously owe these brave men and women much more than we can ever repay. They willingly defend our country and police the world. I appreciate their courage and the self-sacrificing love they give to our nation. God bless you all.

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