From the Walt Disney World News and written by: Michele
This is an amazing story….. thanks WESH news Orlando for the details! Also, Gary Sinise is the narrator this weekend at Epcot’s Candlelight Processional!
Thousands of family members of fallen military servicemen and women were flown to Orlando to spend five days at Walt Disney World Resort.
The trip, organized by the Gary Sinise Foundation, brings together families for a special experience each year, part of the organization’s year-round support.
The so-called Snowball Express event is the result of a collaboration between the foundation and American Airlines.
Snowball Express began in 2006, with a letter written by a fallen soldier to his wife, only to be opened should he die in battle. While the letter expressed many things, one wish was that they visit Disneyland. From that letter, Snowball Express was created to bring together the children and surviving spouses of fallen U.S. military heroes for a healing retreat.
Families traveled to Orlando via 13 donated American Airlines charter flights with volunteer crews.
Sinise, the Hollywood star and actor who played the iconic Lt. Dan role in “Forrest Gump,” said the trip involved 1,000 Gold Star children and their surviving parents or guardians, more than 1,750 people altogether.
Michele Atwood is the Owner/Editor of The Main Street Mouse and it’s subsidiaries and author of the book “Moving to Main Street U.S.A.” Michele also contributes Disney news to the Joe Kelley Morning Show on 96.5 WDBO in Orlando. She and her family made the move from Michigan to the Orlando area to pursue their Disney dreams. Michele is a life long Disney fan, and has two sons who have followed suit, each going on their first Disney trip before their first birthday’s. Part of the goal Michele has for The Main Street Mouse is not only to keep members informed, but to create somewhat of a Disney Family by relating to others through personal experiences and opinions. Also, Michele is making it a priority to share stories of inspiration and hope to other Disney Fans in an effort to share the Magic and hopefully make a difference in the lives of others.