Donnie Wahlberg Sends Moving Message to Military Members on 20th Anniversary of ‘Band of Brothers’

by John Jamison

Donnie Wahlberg was fortunate enough to be involved with one of the most powerful television dramas of all time. The limited HBO series “Band of Brothers” intercut interviews of real World War II veterans with dramatized versions of their stories. Wahlberg played the role of 1st Lieutenant C. Carwood Lipton. As a result, he came to know the man himself quite well. On the 20th anniversary of the show, Donnie Wahlberg took to Instagram, sharing his gratitude for the opportunity and for those who made it possible.

Produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, the show followed the exploits of Easy Company, part of the 101st Airborne Division. In 2001, the limited series premiered to critical praise. Over 10 episodes, audiences followed the same group of men as they moved through the European theatre of World War II. “Band of Brothers” won 7 Emmy Awards in 2002.

Now a veteran of “Blue Bloods,” Donnie Wahlberg’s career likely owes much to his portrayal of 1st Lieutenant Lipton. He saw the opportunity as an honor.

#BandOfBrothers is 20 years old today. To have had the honor of portraying, representing and becoming a friend of, 1st Lt. C Carwood Lipton — and to help bring his story, and the story of the courageous men of Co E, 506th P.I.R., 101st Airborne Division, to the small screen — was one of the great honors of my lifetime,” Wahlberg’s caption began.

The timing is appropriate considering the 20th anniversary of 9/11. Wahlberg used the opportunity to thank service members.

“To all the men of ‘Easy Company’ and to their families — thank you! To all the brave men and women who served and serve today, and to their families, thank you as well,” the caption continued.

Donnie Wahlberg Has to Be One of the Most Gracious Celebrities in Entertainment

Those who don’t follow Donnie Wahlberg on Twitter are missing out on near-daily words of encouragement. The “Band of Brothers” star is committed to spreading a message of love on social media. Hardly a day goes by without an affirmation directed toward his New Kids on the Block and “Blue Bloods” fans.

In reality, the messages are intended for everyone. But Donnie Wahlberg’s fans love the daily doses of positivity.

“Love is joyful, healthy, blissful, forgiving, non judgmental, open minded, liberating, accepting and invigorating. Hate is painful, toxic, stressful, unforgiving, judgmental, closed minded, burdensome, mistrusting and sickening,” he wrote on Twitter a few days ago.

And this is a relatively tame example of the types of things Wahlberg shares in the name of love. With everything going on in the world, and with such a somber occasion approaching, his fans welcome the words.