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Snowball Express helps children of fallen soldiers

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

Over the next four days the children and spouses of hundreds of fallen soldiers will be gathering in the Dallas area for the annual Snowball Express party.

American Airlines provided free flights from 40 different cities, including Nashville, for what's become the highlight of the year for a lot of kids.

Before the sun came up, the Nashville airport had been transformed into party central for more than 100 family members of fallen soldiers.

"It's pretty much a three-day party," said Michael Kisko with American Airlines. "We enjoy this every year. We look forward to this. It's something we have a lot of fun with."

Courtesy of American Airlines, the group will join 1,700 others in Dallas where they will go to a theme park, attend parties and, most importantly, have a little fun.

"We've had a little countdown going on," said Charity Prescott, the wife of a fallen soldier. "Last night she had a hard time going to sleep because she was excited about coming."

"I think it's good for them," said volunteer Joely Ford. "I mean you can't obviously repay them for what happened. This is awesome."

Many of these military families are still grieving over what they've lost.

"It was really hard. He was my best friend, my soul mate," said Chasity Reynolds, the wife of a fallen soldier. "I never expected to be a young widow. I thought we were going to grow old together. It's been really, really hard. I miss him a lot."

They have found a way to cope with the holidays by being around others who share a tragic common bond and by sharing memories of their loved ones with people who understand.

"It kind of just allows us to let loose as a family and forget about all of our worries for a little while and just really enjoy the time that we have together," said Anastasia Zapfe.

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