As the official airline of the USO, American Airlines will fly the honored service members to Las Vegas onboard American's yellow-ribbon aircraft, "Flagship Liberty." Upon arriving in Las Vegas, hundreds of MGM Resorts International employees will welcome the group to The Mirage Resort & Casino, the host property, with applause from a human "wall of gratitude."
"American Airlines and its more than 100,000 employees have a deep sense of pride and gratitude for the men and women who have served and sacrificed so much to protect our nation and our freedoms," said David Seymour, Senior Vice President, Integrated Operations at American and graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. "This gratitude and appreciation is evident by the crew of pilots and flight attendants who have volunteered their time to serve these special heroes on a charter flight to Las Vegas. These men and women will freely give of their time to fly more than 70 wounded, ill and injured veterans and their guests to a well-deserved weekend of healing and relaxation."
"A Salute to the Troops" will also feature a military-style welcome reception and dinner, skydiving and helicopter tours and excursions in and around Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. Key stops are: Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment at The Mirage, Cirque du Soleil's Michael Jackson ONE at Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, and a concert by Gary Sinise and the LT. Dan Band.
"On behalf of our nation's wounded troops and their caregivers, I can tell you that MGM Resorts' and American Airlines' amazing generosity and support mean a great deal to those who have sacrificed so much for our freedom," said Elaine Rogers, President and CEO of the USO-Metro. "We're incredibly thankful to MGM Resorts and American Airlines for helping us show the gratitude of the American people for our troops and their families."
American Airlines will furnish chartered air travel and other support during "A Salute to the Troops" weekend, while MGM Resorts International and its properties will provide accommodations, meals, entertainment, and other amenities.
About MGM Resorts International
MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) is one of the world's leading global hospitality companies, operating a portfolio of destination resort brands including Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay and The Mirage. The Company is in the process of developing MGM National Harbor in Maryland and MGM Springfield in Massachusetts. MGM Resorts controls and holds a 76 percent economic interest in the operating partnership of MGM Growth Properties LLC (NYSE: MGP), a premier triple-net lease real estate investment trust engaged in the acquisition, ownership and leasing of large-scale destination entertainment and leisure resorts. The Company also owns 56 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited (HK: 2282), which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and is developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features ARIA Resort & Casino. MGM Resorts is named among FORTUNE® Magazine's 2016 list of World's Most Admired Companies®. For more information about MGM Resorts International, visit the Company's website at www.mgmresorts.com.
About USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore
USO-Metro is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization chartered by Congress, and dedicated to "serving those who serve, and their families" in Washington-Baltimore region. It is through the generous financial support of individuals and organizations in the local community that USO-Metro is able to fulfill its mission to "lift the spirits of America's troops and their families". With the help of thousands of devoted volunteers, USO-Metro provides programs and services for active duty troops, their families, wounded, ill and injured service members and their caregivers through its Mobile USO program, six USO Centers, and four USO airport lounges. For more information please visit www.USOMetro.org or "like" us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter by searching USOMetroDC.
About American Airlines Group
American Airlines Group is the holding company for American Airlines. Together with regional partners operating as American Eagle, American offers an average of nearly 6,700 flights per day to nearly 350 destinations in more than 50 countries. American is a founding member of the oneworld alliance, whose members and members-elect serve nearly 1,000 destinations with 14,250 daily flights to 150 countries. This year American Airlines Group Inc. topped Fortune Magazine's list of best business turnarounds and its stock joined the S&P 500 index. Connect with American on Twitter @AmericanAir and at Facebook.com/AmericanAirlines.
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