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Photos: Military families take flight on Snowball Express

Brandy Jackson and her son, Michael Strom, talk with Santa as they prepare for takeoff for American Airline's 11th annual Snowball Express at the Salt Lake City International Airport on Sunday, an event for children and spouses of fallen U.S. military members. Ten chartered American aircraft departed numerous cities — including Salt Lake City with nearly 1,800 children and spouses for an all-expense-paid trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. While there, the families will participate in a series of activities, starting with a Texas-sized welcome, a tour of the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, a performance at Medieval Times and a private concert by Academy Award-nominated actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band. American Airlines provided the majority of the air travel and all flight crews and employees volunteered their time to participate in the event.