WASHINGTON: This summer marks 25 years since the release of “Forrest Gump.” tThe Oscar-winning Best Picture introduced the world to Lt. Dan Taylor (Gary Sinise). Paramount Pictures will mark the anniversary with a free movie screening on Memorial Day weekend on the National Mall in Washington, D.C.
The free screening will take place on Friday, May 24, at 8:00 pm. The event will be held between 10th and 12th Streets, with spots on the lawn available on a first-come, first served basis.
According to reports, the first 500 attendees will receive a free blanket and the first 1,000 can enjoy free popcorn. Fans can also take photos on a replica of the film’s famous bench.
Sammy L. Davis, the Medal of Honor recipient known as “The Real Forrest Gump,” will make an appearance at the event. Davis was recognized for his bravery during a night long firefight at Cai Lay on Nov. 18, 1967.
Footage from his Medal of Honor ceremony is seen in “Forrest Gump.” Special effects wizards put Tom Hanks’ head on Davis’ body to create the illusion that President Lyndon Johnson was placing a Medal of Honor around Forrest Gump’s neck.
National Memorial Day Concert
Gary Sinise, the actor who created Lt. Dan and a beloved supporter of the military community, won’t be there in person because he will be preparing to host the National Memorial Day Concert on Sunday, May 26 starting at 8:00 pm ET. The event will air live on PBS stations around the country.
The Gary Sienese Foundation – Dedicated to America’s Veterans
Mr. Sinise has dedicated himself to the warrior men and women through The Gary Sinise Foundation
The Sinise foundation works to provide new smart homes to wounded vets as well as create events such as the 16th Soaring Valor trip. The 2019 Soaring Valor event brought 41 World War II veterans and 40 students from Archbishop McNicholas High School in the Cincinnati, Ohio area together. The group participated in a trip to the New Orleans WWII museum.
The three-day trip provided an opportunity for veterans to share their first-hand accounts of the war with a new generation. The foundation also provides a Suicide Prevention hotline for veterans and those that care for them. If you need someone to talk to, call 800-273-8255
If you can’t make it to Washington for this screening, Fathom Events will present two showings a day of “Forrest Gump” on June 23 and 25 in more than 600 cinemas nationwide.
For information and tickets, visit www.FathomEvents.com.
Paramount releases remastered Forrest Gump for 25th Anniversary
For the 25th anniversary, Paramount is also releasing a newly-remastered Blu-ray + Digital set. This following last year’s 4K UHD release that comes with a second disc filled with over 3 hours of bonus content. Bonus material including a deep dive into the special effects breakthroughs that helped make the film such a success back in 1994.
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