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Colorado Patriot Guard Rider Mark Gritton holds an American flag as he and airport employees wave to the Snowball Express familes as they leave for Dallas Friday, Dec. 9, 2011, at the Colorado Springs Airport . American Airlines flew about 1,700 spouses and children of fallen military members to Dallas for the Showball Express, a four-day holiday vacation. Donations can be made at (The Gazette, Christian Murdock)