St. Louis (KSDK) -- All aboard the Snowball Express!
Dozens of kids and their families flew out of Lambert-St. Louis International Airport Friday for an all-expense paid trip to the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
American Airlines sponsors the Snowball Express, which sets out to bring happy memories to children who have lost a parent in active military duty.
Seventeen-hundred family members will make the trip between now and Tuesday. American and American Eagle donate nine chartered planes for families from 54 cities and US territories.
For the kids, it's all about fun and friends.
Once in Dallas, families are treated to a parade, a trip to Six Flags, a private concert by actor Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band and much, much more.