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Snowball Express
Date: 12/9/2010 Album ID: 1132330
Family members of soldiers who were killed in the line of duty walk through the terminal at the El Paso International Airport Thursday to board the Snowball Express, an American Airlines charter flight which will carry them and about 1300 others to Dallas. In Dallas the families will enjoy plenty of activities including a performance of The Nutcracker by the Metropolitan Classical Ballet, the Mesquite Championship Rodeo, a day at Six Flags Over Texas, and a day at the Southfork Ranch. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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Natalie Aquino, 5, boards an American Airlines flight with her mother Angela Acosta as they and other families take the Snowball Express to Dallas Thursday. Natalie's father Marine Sgt. Frank Aquino was found dead of a gunshot wound in his barracks at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in 2006. The Snowball Express, an group of American Airlines charter fights, carried family members of fallen soldiers to Dallas where they will be treated to various activities including a performance of the Nutcracker by the Metropolitan Classical Ballet, a private performance of the Mequite Championship Rodeo, a day at Six Flags over Texas, and a day at Southfork Ranch which is transformed into an outdoor amusement park. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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Natalie Aquino, 5, waits for her flight aboard the Snowball Express as her mother Angela Acosta talks with Ft. Bliss Garrison Commander Col. Joseph A. Simonelli Jr., in the terminal at the El Paso International Airport. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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Jeannie Minjares, left, gets a hug from Angelica Escobedo as they arrived Thursday at the El Paso International Airport to take a trip on the Snowball Express. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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Gilbert Minjares III is given a present from Santa as he awaited his flight aboard the Snowball Express Thursday. Gilbert's father Gilbert Jr., was killed in Iraq when the helicopter he was in crashed. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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Santa Claus handed out candy canes on the Snowball Express during its stop in El Paso to pick up more families on its way to Dallas. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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A boy visited the cockpit of the Snowball Express during its stop in El Paso to pick up more families on its way to Dallas. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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Santa's elf hands presents to Jose Escobedo, 9, left, and Elvira Flores, 11, as they awaited their flight aboard the Snowball Express Thursday. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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Special luggage tags were created for the Snowball Express. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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Santa's elf has a laugh as Santa hugs Natalie Aquino in the terminal area at the El Paso International Airport. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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Santa and his elf talked with Jose Escobedo Thursday as he awaited his flight aboard the Snowball Express. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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Ft. Bliss Garrison Commander Col. Joseph A. Simonelli Sr., talks to family members of fallen soldiers prior to their departure from El Paso en route to Dallas. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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Natalie Aquino, 5, clings to her mother Angela Acosta as they waited Thursday to board the Snowball Express at the El Paso International Airport. Natalie. Marine Sgt. Frank Aquino was found dead of a gunshot wound in his barracks at Marine Corps Air Station Miramar in 2006. The Snowball Express, an group of American Airlines charter fights, carried family members of fallen soldiers to Dallas where they will be treated to various activities including a performance of the Nutcracker by the Metropolitan Classical Ballet, a private performance of the Mequite Championship Rodeo, a day at Six Flags over Texas, and a day at Southfork Ranch which is transformed into an outdoor amusement park. Mark Lambie/El Paso Times
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