JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad honored military members from Region 8 on Thursday evening.
Hundreds of military families were invited out to ride on the BNSF vintage passenger rail cars. It's just one way the railroad says 'thank you' to our nation's veterans.
Once on board, families enjoyed dinner and a visit from Santa.
National Guard member Robert Norwood and his family were among those invited out.
He said what BNSF is doing is an amazing way to say thank you."You get the opportunity to share a special moment of what all it stands for on Christmas," Norwood said.
"You know, your husband sacrifices a lot and that they recognize that and want to do something for everybody, it means a lot," said Amy Norwood, Robert's wife.
Following the train ride, BNSF donated $10,000 to both the Arkansas Military Family Relief Trust Fund and the Craighead County Veterans Monument Foundation.
Next, BNSF is headed to Tennessee, Mississippi and Alabama to continue their Holiday Express trip for the military.