She wrote that the children, who had all lost a parent in combat, were part of an all-expenses paid trip to Disney World. A party was being thrown for them at their gate. When it was announced over a loudspeaker and the children lined up to board the plane, “the whole airport literally stopped and sang [the Star Spangled Banner] with military present in salute.”
“Most every person standing around, myself included was bawling at the sight of these kids and spouses who have paid so great a price for our country,” Tringale went on. “To see all of this at Christmas time was so humbling. Seeing the general public in an airport stand still to honor these kids was simply beautiful.”
Her video has been viewed almost half a million times and was shared nearly 9,000 times.
The trip was apparently part of the annual Snowball Express hosted by the Gary Sinise Foundation. The foundation posted that this year 1,722 family members of fallen heros got to go to Disney World for a chance to heal and connect with other families.
A word that could once not be mentioned in court — torture — was front and center on Friday as a military tribunal prepares to take on the long-delayed trial of Khalid Shaikh Mohammed, the confessed chief plotter of the 9/11 attacks, and four other defendants.
"I know torture's a dirty word," defense attorney Walter Ruiz told the tribunal. "I'll tell you what, judge, I'm not going to sanitize this for their concerns."
A 19-year-old Army private who died during basic training earlier this month was posthumously promoted to private first class, just before friends and family gathered for a memorial service to honor his life on Jan. 16.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars has demanded an apology from President Trump over recent comments in which he downplayed the seriousness of traumatic brain injuries suffered by American troops in an Iranian missile attack.
"The Veterans of Foreign Wars cannot stand idle on this matter," William "Doc" Schmitz, VFW National Commander, said in a statement Friday, noting TBI is a serious injury known to cause depression, memory loss, severe headaches and other symptoms in the short and long-term.