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  • Writer's pictureEmily Zimmer

Disney Welcomes Families of Fallen Military Heroes for Sunrise Ceremony at Magic Kingdom

by Emily Zimmer

On December 6, we welcomed the Gary Sinise Foundation’s “Snowball Express” program back to Walt Disney World for the first time in person since 2019 with the “Walk of Gratitude” in Magic Kingdom. At sunrise, more than 1,850 children and surviving spouses and the families of fallen military heroes were greeted by more than 1,000 Disney VoluntEARS – along Main Street, U.S.A., as they walked toward Cinderella Castle to participate in a moving ceremony to honor their fallen parents. The special Castle stage moment culminated when messages the children wrote to their lost parents were sent skyward for them to read with the help of Disney magic.

We invite you to head over to the Disney Parks Blog to read more about and see pictures of this incredible event.

Published on Walt Disney World's internal site, The Hub.

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