‘CSI: NY’ Actor Gary Sinise Moving Flags to Half Mast, Sends Emotional Message

by Katie Maloney

“CSI: NY” actor Gary Sinise responds to violence in Afghanistan with a new social media video.

President Biden told world leaders Tuesday that the U.S. was on pace to leave Afghanistan by Aug. 31, 

The violence in Afghanistan continues to escalate. President Biden shared earlier this week that the U.S. plans to fully leave Afghanistan by August 31. However, things became more dangerous and complicated yesterday after two explosions at Hamid Karzai International Airport left 90 Afghans and 13 U.S. service members dead. Now, Americans all over the country are sending their thoughts to the troops still stationed in Afghanistan. Actor Gary Sinise is one of those people. He recently shared a heartfelt video on social media.

During the video, Sinise lowered his flag to half-mast then walked over to the camera to say a few words.

‘In honor of the 12 marines and one Navy corpsman that we lost today in Afghanistan. 15 wounded, everybody who was serving over in Afghanistan, god bless you. We pray for you and your families,” said Sinise. “We pray tribute to all our fallen. We’ll never forget. Be safe, God bless all those serving in harm’s way. God bless our gold star families.”

Along with the video, he wrote, “In honor of the lives lost today.”

Gary Sinise Founded a Foundation for Veterans and Their Families

Gary Sinise doesn’t just talk the talk. He also walks his way straight into helping veterans and their families. In fact, in 2011, Sinise founded The Gary Sinise Foundation. According to the website, the foundation supports veterans and families “by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.” Earlier this year, Sinise expanded this initiative by joining the Avalon Network and launching The Gary Sinise Foundation Avalon Network for defenders, veterans and first responders. The initiative helps veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress and traumatic brain injuries. Other parts of his organization help raise money for veterans and their families. During a recent interview, Gary Sinise shared why creating the organization was so important to him.

“It’s critically important to me that our military service members, first responders, and their families all know how deeply we are here for them,” said Sinise. “We are not going to forget them. And we will always do more to protect and support them.”

Sinise then described the work for veterans he’s participated in over the last forty years. He also added that he witnessed the way the lack of support and resources created a lifelong struggle for Vietnam veterans. He said that many members of his wife’s family served and he witnessed their struggles when they returned home.

“…It’s become my lifelong mission to serve and honor our defenders, veterans, first responders, and their loved ones. I feel blessed to be able to do something and honored that Gary Sinise Foundation is a part of this new Avalon Network initiative.”