Actor Gary Sinise is most remembered for his film roles, but he engages in a numerous philanthropic endeavors, too. Some of these have been growing in scope and are beginning to attract much more attention. This year he and his foundation flew more than 1,000 children of fallen soldiers to Walt Disney World for Christmas.
The gift to the Gold Star families is a wonderful distraction from what many see as a very difficult time of year. In total, almost 1,700 families members went on the trip.
“Each one of these children who are going on these airplanes have lost a parent in military services—either combat related or illness or unfortunately suicide sometimes,” The Gary Sinise Foundation founder said. “We wanna take care of these kids and make sure they know we don’t forget.”
15 planes had to be chartered to fly everyone on the journey. The kids made news when earlier this week when they had a layover in Nashville.
Jen Tringale posted the video to her Facebook page. “I witnessed an international airport come to a complete stop today,” she noted.
“At the Nashville airport I walked out into the concourse to this scene.”
American Airlines, Triangale added, “was flying a plane full of children who had lost a parent in combat to Disneyworld on an all expenses paid trip and they threw a party for them at the gate.”
“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.”
“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. Seeing the general public in an airport stand still to honor these kids was simply beautiful.”
“We Remember,” Sinise posted later.
“Each flag representing the fallen hero of over 600 families attending GarySiniseFound 2018 Snowball Express event at WaltDisneyWorld Thank you to these Gold Star families, our amazing volunteers and all who supported our event.”
“Thank you so much @AmericanAir for the amazing support you give to those who serve and @GarySiniseFound . A tremendous spirit of volunteerism and giving back to our special Snowball families of the fallen. It’s been a great year. More to come in 2019. We Remember,” he said.
Unlike most the political movers and shakers in Hollywood, Sinise has become known for a true dedication to U.S. servicemen and women. He spent the holidays in 2017 in Iraq and Afghanistan with deployed troops.