American Airlines was scheduled to carry 1,800 children and spouses of fallen military to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
Ron Corning joined some of the children Thursday morning as they boarded the "Snowball Express I" in Nashville, TN. The flight was the first of several to land at D/FW Airport Thursday morning.
The Snowball Express event has been around for eight years, five of which have centered in North Texas.
Leslie Ponder's two daughters, Samantha and Elizabeth, have participated in the event for seven years. Now teens, the girls say the Snowball Express helped them heal after they lost their father and has become an annual tradition.
"It's a way for the parents also to connect and to make sure everything's OK with our kids, to let us know we're normal," the mother said.
Those who would like to show support can bring signs and cheer on the children at several events across North Texas.
Friday events include:
- North Dallas: (LOOK Cinemas): 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: If interested reply to:Dallas-Morning@snowballexpress.org
- North Dallas: (LOOK Cinemas): Noon to 1:00 PM: If interested reply to: Dallas-Afternoon@snowballexpress.org
- Frisco: (Main Event): 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM: If interested reply to: Frisco-Welcome@snowballexpress.org
- Plano: (Main Event): Noon to 1:00 PM: If interested reply to: Plano-Welcome@snowballexpress.org
Saturday, Snowball Express is hosting a "Walk of Gratitude" starting at 9 a.m. to noon in downtown Fort Worth near Sundance Square.