MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren addressed 80 wounded veterans and their families at a reception Friday, held to kick off the company’s eighth-annual Salute to the Troops event.
Organized by MGM, the USO and American Airlines, Salute to the Troops brings wounded warriors and their families from around the country to the Mirage for a complimentary weekend at the Strip resort during which everything — rooms, food and entertainment — is on the house.
The veterans checked in Friday morning and will leave before noon Monday. While here, they’ll be treated to a performance by Terry Fator, Criss Angel, as well as actor Gary Sinise’s musical group, the Lt. Dan Band.
As the dinner started, Murren spoke to the veterans about how important their service was, especially in light of the Route 91 mass shooting.
“I want to thank all of you and your families for being here and for, of course, serving to keep our great country safe,” Murren said. “I think it’s incredibly important to reflect on exactly how important that is.”
“It was but a few days ago that here in my town we had a tremendous tragedy. Everyone in the MGM Resorts family and the entire city of Las Vegas witnessed a despicable, inhumane act.
But yet in the moments since, in the days that have followed, I have seen thousands upon thousands of acts of courage, of kindness, of service. I’ve heard stories that make you proud to be an American, to be a Las Vegan and part of this community.”