Dalrymple Joins BNSF in Honoring Military Members and Their Families
BISMARCK, N.D. – Gov. Jack Dalrymple today joined BNSF officials in honoring North Dakota’s military members and their families as part of the company’s Holiday Express train ride and celebration in Fargo.
Dalrymple assisted company officials in presenting a total of $20,000 to two North Dakota not-for-profit organizations that provide support and services to military members and their families. The BNSF Foundation presented a $10,000 check to the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS) and $10,000 to Soldiers Angels.
“Our military members and their families do so much for our state and nation, and it is only fitting that at this special time of the year we pay tribute to them for their noble service and selfless dedication to duty,” Dalrymple said. “Thank you to BNSF for sponsoring this special train ride and for the generous contributions they have made to these valuable organizations so they can continue to provide our military members and their families with the support and services they deserve.”
More than 300 military family members participated in the train ride aboard restored vintage railcars decorated for the holiday season. While on board, families were treated to special holiday snacks and a visit by Santa.
BNSF’s Holiday Express train is expected to provide rides to more than 2,200 members of military families during its week-long trip through Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, North Dakota, South Dakota and Kansas. In all, the BNSF Foundation will donate $110,000 to organizations that offer support to military members and their families.