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On Monday, the Tournament of Roses company revealed that actor Gary Sinise, known for his work in Forrest Gump and Apollo 13, was picked as the grand marshal for the 129th Rose Parade Jan. 1.

This year’s theme is “making a difference.” Sinise was mentioned for being a humanitarian and contributing time and cash to veterans. In a statement, Tournament of Roses president Lance Tibbet said, “Gary’s humanitarian work with our defenders, veterans, first responders and their families for many years, embodies our theme to the fullest.”