Ralls County Library News

October 01, 2019

When was the last time you read a biography? I don’t frequently read them either. One that I have on my list to read is “Grateful American” by Gary Sinise. You may remember him as Lieutenant Dan from “Forrest Gump” or as Mac Taylor from the TV series “CSI: New York”.
The book is about his journey from “self to service”. Gary Sinise is an Oscar-nominated actor and winner of an Emmy, a Golden Globe, and two Screen Actors Guild awards, and has been honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, all while advocating for America’s veterans for nearly forty years. For his service work, Gary has been presented with numerous humanitarian awards including the Bob Hope Award for Excellence in Entertainment from the Congressional Medal of Honor Society, the George Catlett Marshall Medal from the Association of the US Army, and the Spirit of Hope Award by the Department of Defense. He was named an honorary Chief Petty Officer by the United States Navy, was pinned as an honorary Marine, and received the Sylvanus Thayer Award at West Point, given to a civilian "whose character, service, and achievements reflect the ideals prized by the U.S. Military Academy." He's also the recipient of the Presidential Citizens Medal, the second-highest civilian honor awarded by the President of the United States to citizens for “exemplary deeds performed in service of the nation. "
Stop in and check out any one of our works of fiction or non-fiction today. Our hours are 8:30 am-5:30 pm Monday through Friday and 8:30- Noon on Saturday.
Jo Ann Diffenderfer
Interim Director
Ralls County Library