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The Snowball Express Hits Dallas

By BJ Austin, KERA News

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Dallas, TX –

The Snowball Express has arrived in Dallas. Yesterday, 8 charter jets delivered children of service-members killed in Iraq and Afghanistan to DFW Airport.

Dan Ronan is a Snowball Express Board member. He says 17-hundred children and surviving parents will spend four days in North Texas for fun and friendship.

Ronan: Thursday, they spend ranch and rodeo day. They go to Southfork Ranch and then the Mesquite Rodeo. Friday is the walk of gratitude at City Hall. We will have the families honored as they walk from City Hall Plaza with the Mayor and General Pace, the retired Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman.

They'll walk to the Convention Center, which has been turned into an indoor amusement park. Saturday, a visit to the Cowboys Stadium in Arlington ends with a concert by actor Gary Sinise and his band. Sinise is among some 70 Snowball Express sponsors.

Snowball Express officials say this is the fourth year of the program, designed to make the holidays a bit brighter for children who have sacrificed so much.

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