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    Passengers told mid-flight that plane is carrying fallen soldier

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1503750





    Johnny Jet thought his Delta Flight 2255 from Atlanta to Los Angeles was a mundane flight like any other.

    But he and the rest of the passengers learned 45 minutes before landing that there was a military escort on board transporting a fallen soldier.

    He recorded the dramatic water cannon salute by the fire department to honor the soldier, and the short, yet powerful, speech from one of the officials.

    “Ladies and gentlemen,” the man said to a perfectly silent cabin. “I just addressed the escort. It is a sworn oath to bring home, to the family, the fallen. Today you all did that. You are all escorts. Escorts of the heart.”

    Johnny further recollected the somber mood on the plane on his blog post.

    “The water glistening on the windowpanes looked like tears. As you can imagine, everyone was silent, no one got up. I’m sure most had meteor-sized lumps in their throats and tears in their eyes like I did.”
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctkid View Post
    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/nati...icle-1.1503750


    Fallen Soldier on My Delta Flight - YouTube


    Johnny Jet thought his Delta Flight 2255 from Atlanta to Los Angeles was a mundane flight like any other.

    But he and the rest of the passengers learned 45 minutes before landing that there was a military escort on board transporting a fallen soldier.

    He recorded the dramatic water cannon salute by the fire department to honor the soldier, and the short, yet powerful, speech from one of the officials.

    “Ladies and gentlemen,” the man said to a perfectly silent cabin. “I just addressed the escort. It is a sworn oath to bring home, to the family, the fallen. Today you all did that. You are all escorts. Escorts of the heart.”

    Johnny further recollected the somber mood on the plane on his blog post.

    “The water glistening on the windowpanes looked like tears. As you can imagine, everyone was silent, no one got up. I’m sure most had meteor-sized lumps in their throats and tears in their eyes like I did.”
    Thank you very much for sharing this.

    G_d Bless America
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    AWE THAT HAD TO BE HEART WRENCHING!!!!!!!!! I do wish you would see more of these stories on the news , etc! It seems that people really don't know !

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    Yeah we sure don't hear much about the war or the soldiers that are dying in that war anymore, that is for sure.

    Very touching post.

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    I know I am not the only one who cried reading that.

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    I wish there were more salutes to our fallen soldiers like this one witnessed by a journalist. What a touching article and video.

    God Bless this Soldier and His Family. And His Fallen Comrades. And Those Still Serving Our Country.

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    We sleuth all the time. I saw this article in Google, and found the video.

    Tears!

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    I do not know what happened to the real journalists. I am so old that I remember Walter Cronkite reporting on the Vietnam war..every night. It was brutal. IMO, a lot of people do not want to know how many of our troops are killed in wars now days. We have gone soft.

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    I just wanted to share that we have just had the same thing happen in in our area. Thursday afternoon in the rain, a Delta jet landed at our airport with the body of LCpl. Christopher O'Bryan Grant, 20 yrs. old. He had been killed in Afghanistan.

    This young man had done everything right. He played football for his school, sang in his high school choir, volunteered his time to good causes, and was just an all-around good guy. He was appointed squad leader in basic training at Paris Island.

    There was a big crowd at the airport and a huge salute to him. People stood in the rain with their umbrellas lining the entire drive from the airport to the main road. There were various escorts including motorcycle escorts. I am glad I was a part of that. I just regret that there were no photographers that took part and not a lot of journalists.

    We cannot become so accustomed to seeing our young men and women killed that we cannot be bothered to take part in their last homecoming. GB them all, and the families they leave behind!
    Thoughts and prayers for the people of Paris and all of France!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaLaw2000 View Post
    I just wanted to share that we have just had the same thing happen in in our area. Thursday afternoon in the rain, a Delta jet landed at our airport with the body of LCpl. Christopher O'Bryan Grant, 20 yrs. old. He had been killed in Afghanistan.

    This young man had done everything right. He played football for his school, sang in his high school choir, volunteered his time to good causes, and was just an all-around good guy. He was appointed squad leader in basic training at Paris Island.

    There was a big crowd at the airport and a huge salute to him. People stood in the rain with their umbrellas lining the entire drive from the airport to the main road. There were various escorts including motorcycle escorts. I am glad I was a part of that. I just regret that there were no photographers that took part and not a lot of journalists.

    We cannot become so accustomed to seeing our young men and women killed that we cannot be bothered to take part in their last homecoming. GB them all, and the families they leave behind!
    I agree whole heartedly! The only times that this gets attention when there are protests that are associated with these. There was one locally that quickly came into mind.

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    I am not going to say what organization protested, but you know who they are. The thing about this was thousands of fallen soldier vets that showed up on motorcycles to block them. The police set up a perimeter around the funeral. I know the father and the mother and knew the fallen soldier when he was a child.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LaLaw2000 View Post
    I just wanted to share that we have just had the same thing happen in in our area. Thursday afternoon in the rain, a Delta jet landed at our airport with the body of LCpl. Christopher O'Bryan Grant, 20 yrs. old. He had been killed in Afghanistan.

    This young man had done everything right. He played football for his school, sang in his high school choir, volunteered his time to good causes, and was just an all-around good guy. He was appointed squad leader in basic training at Paris Island.

    There was a big crowd at the airport and a huge salute to him. People stood in the rain with their umbrellas lining the entire drive from the airport to the main road. There were various escorts including motorcycle escorts. I am glad I was a part of that. I just regret that there were no photographers that took part and not a lot of journalists.

    We cannot become so accustomed to seeing our young men and women killed that we cannot be bothered to take part in their last homecoming. GB them all, and the families they leave behind!
    Thanks for sharing your story, LaLaw.
    Wish our brave could all come home, now, safe and sound.

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    Quote Originally Posted by arielilane View Post
    Thanks for sharing your story, LaLaw.
    Wish our brave could all come home, now, safe and sound.
    Reminds me of Robin Williams' last line in 'Good Morning, Vietnam', when his taped broadcast says he is on his way home - and he wishes they all were.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ctkid View Post
    I am not going to say what organization protested, but you know who they are. The thing about this was thousands of fallen soldier vets that showed up on motorcycles to block them. The police set up a perimeter around the funeral. I know the father and the mother and knew the fallen soldier when he was a child.
    I am so impressed with these groups of bikers who travel far and wide to protect the vets...as well as protecting other Americans who may need a loyal group of Americans standing up for them...

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    Apparently God needed another brave hero amongst His heavenly angels.
    God lift him up, on eagles wings.
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