Thousands of hearts have been touched after a video went viral of one powerful national anthem. While bystanders were traveling in and out of Nashville’s busy airport, they got an unforgettable performance. Travelers from all over the country stopped to sing “The Star-Spangled Banner” to a plane full of children who have lost their parents in combat. The video shows true American honor and patriotism.
An Unforgettable Honor
Jen Tringale was just walking to her gate when she witnessed the special moment. American Airlines was boarding a full flight of children who had lost a parent in combat. They were on their way to an all expenses paid trip to Disneyworld. While the children waited to board under the red, white, and blue balloons hanging above their terminal, something unexpected happened.
“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 the military present in salute.”
Emotions fled across the crowd as the entire airport stopped to sing the national anthem for the children. Tringale recalls the reactions of citizens around her,
“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.” She continued, “Seeing the general public in an airport stand still to honor these kids was simply beautiful.”
A Time For Healing
The children’s Disneyworld vacation was put together by the Gary Sinise Foundation’s Snowball Express Program. 1,722 children will get to experience a five-day trip thanks to this beautiful organization. In a recent press release, the organization explained that their hopes are that the trip will be therapeutic for the children.
“Snowball Express aims to provide memorable experience where they can access support, create new bonds, make positive memories, and build a community with the only people who can truly understand their loss: each other.”
Actor Gary Sinise and his foundation The Snowball Express gave over 1,000 Gold Star children (children who have lost a…
It is a truly beautiful step for these children. Our hearts are with those who have experienced the loss of a loved one.
A thank you to all of our heroes.