LAS VEGAS, Nov. 11, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Wounded warriors and their guests – more than 70 from around the U.S. – will be treated to a VIP Veterans Day weekend as MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), in conjunction with American Airlines and the USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore, rolls out the red carpet in Las Vegas.
The five-day event, Nov. 13-17, is "A Salute to the Troops" weekend and includes a "Wall of Gratitude" where hundreds of MGM Resorts employees will gather to welcome and thank the veterans as they parade through The Mirage Hotel & Casino upon the group's arrival. There will also be a special welcome dinner, and excursions in and around Las Vegas and Southern Nevada. Special stops include: Terry Fator: The VOICE of Entertainment at The Mirage, Cirque du Soleil's "O" at Bellagio Resort & Casino and a concert by Gary Sinise and the LT. Dan Band. Skydiving and helicopter tours in the Las Vegas area are also part of the plans.
"We are honored to partner with American Airlines and the USO-Metro to host these brave veterans and their loved ones who have sacrificed so much to preserve our safety and freedom," said Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International. "It is our hope that this year's 'Salute to the Troops' weekend conveys our company's deep respect and gratitude to these heroes by showing them the very best our city and MGM Resorts have to offer."
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.
The weekend kicks off Friday morning at Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport with a send-off celebration for the wounded warriors, veterans and their guests. They will board an American Airlines special flight with planned gate festivities and a water cannon salute to our veteran heroes.
"On behalf of our nation's wounded troops and their caregivers, I can tell you that MGM Resorts' amazing generosity and support means 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 for helping us show the gratitude of the American people for our troops and their families."
When the VIPs arrive in Las Vegas, they will receive a police escort from McCarran International Airport to The Mirage.
For more information on MGM Resorts' commitment to supporting the nation's veterans, please visit: www.mgmresorts.com/csr.
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. The Company also owns 51 percent of MGM China Holdings Limited, which owns the MGM Macau resort and casino and developing a gaming resort in Cotai, and 50 percent of CityCenter in Las Vegas, which features Aria resort and casino. 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 (NASDAQ: AAL) 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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