In celebration of America’s service members, MGM Resorts International hosted “A Salute to the Troops,” honoring more than 80 wounded warriors and their guests, over Veterans Day weekend.
In its ninth year, the five-day program in collaboration with American Airlines and the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore (United Service Organizations), USO Camp Pendleton and USO Las Vegas will be an extended weekend of relaxation, entertainment and sightseeing for active duty service members traveling from the Washington, D.C., and southern California areas.
“It is such an honor to host these brave men and women and their families who have sacrificed so much to protect and serve our country,” said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. “We look forward to celebrating these remarkable individuals with the utmost gratitude and respect, showing them the very best Las Vegas and MGM Resorts have to offer.”
American Airlines flew the honored service members to Las Vegas with an all-volunteer flight crew, some of which are veterans themselves, aboard a Boeing 737 aircraft. Upon arriving in Las Vegas, hundreds of MGM Resorts International employees will gather to welcome the group to The Mirage Resort & Casino, the host property, during a special “wall of gratitude,” welcome procession. MGM Resorts employees will also gather on Monday, November 11 to march in the Veterans Day Parade.
“Salute to the Troops” included a special welcome dinner, and excursions in and around Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. Special stops were: "Terry Fator: The Voice of Entertainment," Siegfried & Roy's Secret Garden and Dolphin Habitat at The Mirage, Allegiant Stadium tour, and mountain biking. Participants are also invited to the Las Vegas Veterans Day parade; a tour of the Hoover Dam and helicopter tours are also part of the plans.
American Airlines furnished 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.