KILLEEN (November 29, 2012)--More than 1,500 children and spouses of fallen U.S. military will leave Friday for an all-expense paid trip to the Dallas area.
This will be the seventh year that American Airlines, American Eagle, Snowball Express and the USO Warrior and Family Care come together to give the families a weekend of holiday fun.
The group will depart from the Killeen airport on Friday but not before visiting with Santa, playing video games, enjoying entertainment from the Shoemaker High School Steel Drum Line and witnessing a water-cannon salute.
City dignitaries will make a brief presentation at the airport.
Once in north Texas, the families will visit the AT&T Performing Arts Center for a tree-lighting celebration, take part in the Dallas Children’s Parade and visit Six Flags Over Texas, the Fort Worth Stockyards and Billy Bob’s, a Texas honkytonk, for a private rodeo and concert by Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band.
Funding comes from the USO and Air Compassion for Veterans.
Nine chartered flights will make up the nearly 1,700 people taking part in the fun.
Snowball Express is an all-volunteer nonprofit organization whose mission is to bring hope, joy and new memories to the children who have lost a parent while serving in war since September 11, 2001.