2010 Las Vegas Nevada - Tribute to the Troops
American Airlines provided air transportation to troops from Walter Reed and Bethesda and some from New York to the Las Vegas event.
America's Huey 091 Foundation, Monster Drinks, The Non-Commissioned Officers Association, The Fighting 69th, Ft Worth Airpower Foundation, and the Pentagon Foundation host a private concert by Forest Gump and CSI New York star Gary Sinise and his Lt. Dan Band at the Orleans Hotel.
Nearly 75 wounded soldiers and their families arrived to a heartwarming red-carpet welcome in The Venetian’s Grand Colonnade. More than 1,000 gracious guests and Venetian team members cheered on the veterans as they proceeded through the crowd to the welcoming ceremony.
Attended by internationally-known philanthropists Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson, chairman of the board and CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corp., the ceremony featured the Nellis Air Force Base Honor Guard and “America’s Tenor,” Steve Amerson, who sang the National Anthem. ThanksUSA’s Bob Okun, and Las Vegas Sands Corp. President Michael Leven addressed the crowd of Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps veterans, expressing their gratitude for the veterans’ courage and sacrifice.
This year marked the fifth time Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson, along with The Sands Foundation, have hosted our nation’s wounded warriors at The Venetian to say thank you and to honor their service and bravery.
“You’re getting thanked in this amazing way, having an amazing weekend in Vegas,” said Army veteran Bryant Jacobs, wounded while serving in Iraq. “How could you not get teary eyed?”
During their stay at The Venetian, they enjoyed a performance and VIP reception by Blue Man Group; an intimate concert with country music legend Clint Black; America's Huey 091 Foundation with iBOT recipients and special guests CW5 Gary Linfoot (U.S. Army, Ret. "Nightstalker" 160 SOAR) and Cpl. Eddie Beesley (USMC, Ret) helped sponsor a private concert by Gary Sinise and the Lt. Dan Band at the Orleans Hotel; skydiving exhibitions by Dana Bowman (former Army Golden Knight) and the USAF Academy's Precision Sky Divers as well as an Air Show at Nelis Air Force Base —all the while enjoying luxurious all-suite accommodations.
The weekend concluded with a Sunday afternoon show by Terry Fator, ventriloquist and “America’s Got Talent” winner.
To see a video from the Tribute to the Troops weekend, watch this Tricolor Media video