Airport comes to standstill for national anthem honoring children of fallen soldiers

The tears from Saturday’s emotional Army-Navy game had barely dried when the Gary Sinise Foundation, American Airlines and the Nashville airport provided another moment poignant enough to make the Grinch’s heart grow another three sizes.

On Monday, virtually an entire concourse at Nashville International Airport stopped what they were doing and joined in singing the national anthem as more than 100 children who lost a parent in combat boarded a plane to Disney World.

Each December, the Snowball Express, now under the auspices of Sinise’s charity, flies more than 1,000 Gold Star children from around the country to Disney World on American Air Lines flights. 

Facebook user Jen Trinagle, who happened to be in the Nashville terminal, filmed the heartfelt moment. She noted that she had been taken aback by the sight of “an international airport (coming) to a complete stop.”

She explained, “I walked out into the concourse to this scene @americanairlines 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 what came next is what had her and the rest of the concourse in tears.

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