An entire airport concourse came to a stop to recognize Gold Star children

Elizabeth Howe
December 12, 2018 - 7:54 am

The holiday season is probably the last time you'd expect to see a crowded airport concourse at a standstill. But that's exactly what happened when more than 100 Gold Star children arrived at Nashville International Airport en route to Disney World on the Snowball Express.  

Jen Tringale, a Nashville based author, was one of the many travelers passing through the Nashville airport on Saturday when a loud speaker message announced the Gold Star children getting ready to board the plane to Disney World.

"But when they announced them over the loud speaker and they lined up to board the plane the whole airport literally stopped and sang the national anthem with military present in salute," Tringale wrote. "Most every person standing around, myself included was bawling at the sight of these kids and spouses who have paid so great a price for our country. To see all of this at Christmas time was so humbling."

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The Snowball Express is part of the Gary Sinise Foundation. Each year, the program flies more than 1,000 Gold Star children to Disney World on American Airlines flights. The program officially became part of the Sinise Foundation in 2017 and is "committed to maintaining the wonderful traditions while finding new and exciting ways to serve our families of the fallen."

Over 1000 Gold Star Children travel with surviving parent or guardian, 1,722 in all, via @americanair to Disney World today as part of our @garysinisefoundation Snowball Express program. This charter left Los Angeles this morning and I got to take this photo with them before they left. I’ll join up in a few days. Have fun kids! We love you!

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