Photos: Lieutenant Dan Band Helps Local Hero Mark Litynski (Minneapolis, MN)
A large crowd was gathered outside of the Pantages Theater, and for good reason. the hero of the hour, Twin Cities native Cpl. (Ret.) United States Marine Corps Mark Litynski was there. He was just 23 when an IED blast ripped off both of his legs and most of his left arm, slashing into his remaining arm, shattering his pelvis and driving a rock and other debris up into his abdominal cavity. A local news station was interviewing him, and people were waiting for the chance to meet him, shake his hand, and thank him for his sacrifice and service. The concert was a benefit to raise money to build Mark and his wife Heather a Smart Home to help Mark live with more independence.