Monday, May 30, 2011

CRIMINAL MINDS Stars Shine at Memorial Day Event

Gary Sinise and Joe Mantegna
A.J. Cook
Forest Whitaker

The National Memorial Day Concert was held last night in Washington, DC. Paying tribute to the men and women who have served our country were some of our very own CRIMINAL MINDS stars. Joe Mantega, along with pal, Gary Sinise of CSI: NY were hosts of the event. A.J. Cook (JJ on MINDS) and Forest Whitaker (CRIMINAL MINDS: Suspect Behavior) joined Diane Weist and Gary Sinise in giving moving portrayals of people deeply affected by war.

In addition to taking time to honor our heroes, the patriotic actors devote themselves to other worthwhile causes.

Sinise is well-known for his charitable work, having founded Operation Iraqi Children, which provides concerned Americans with a means to help out Iraqi kids and helps to support our soldiers' efforts to assist the Iraqi people.

Joe Mantegna (David Rossi on MINDS), who served as an Executive Producer for the concert, devotes his time to numerous charities.

Joe's oldest daughter suffers from autism, it is one of the causes that is especially close to his heart, attending many events throughout the year to raise money and awareness.

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