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Benefit held for injured sailor Taylor Morris

A big show of support Saturday night for an injured sailor from Cedar Falls with a benefit concert from Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at Gateway Park in Cedar Falls. All of the proceeds go towards a state-of-the-art smart home for injured Navy sailor Taylor Morris and his girlfriend, Danielle Kelly.

Hundreds of people lined up at the front gate hours before the Lt. Dan Band even took the stage.

With patriotism in their hearts, all were there for a hometown hero.

"Well I think this is great for a community to come out like this and support Taylor and Danielle," said Morris' grandfather, Sid Morris.

With a smile from ear to ear, Taylor's biggest fan, Sid Morris, was outside the gates greeting and thanking everyone for coming.

"Well I was worried would anybody come. I was wrong," said Morris.

The community came together Saturday night not only to hear from Sinise and his band, but to raise money to build a smart home for Taylor Morris.

"A little bit of independence you can gain back with a house that's equipped and adapted, it's going to be a huge load off your care taker and family. To be able to do everything on your own will be awesome," said Morris.

After 15 months, Morris says he's almost done with rehab at Walter Reed Medical Center in Maryland.

He and Kelly say they are looking at land right now and can't wait to come home to a community that has given them so much.

"It's unbelievable. It's unbelievable everyone I mean Iowa, the nation coming together to make this possible for Taylor and I," said Kelly.

"Just want to tell everybody thanks and that were extremely grateful for the generosity that everybody's shown and the support. It's been awesome," said Morris.

The concert was sponsored by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation and the Gary Sinise Foundation.

The home will be one of 20 the organization builds this year.

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