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Old 06-10-2013, 03:07 PM   #1
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Delta Air Honors our Heros

I had no idea that Delta Air Lines held this elaborate return ceremony for our dead military. Most impressive effort.

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Old 06-10-2013, 05:10 PM   #2
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Very impressive indeed.
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:45 PM   #3
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The dedicated baggage carts were painted "in house" by the employees. The Chief Pilot will page pilots to let them know that there is a fallen warrior inbound and if they have time between flights, they will form a line along the leading edge of the wing. Normally there are more pilots than shown in this vid. Note the passengers in the windows...many will have their hand over their heart. Every KIA is escorted by at least one assigned military guard on the flight.
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:41 AM   #4
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Thanks MickeyD...very touching. Those fallen heroes deserve a dignified arrival on home soil and those Delta employees certainly did very well in honoring those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.
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TY MickeyD...

I have had the honor to attend cemetery burials of veterans old and young, representing my local American Legion Auxiliary. I have never worn the uniform, but I do my best to support the families any way I can here on domestic soil. It means a lot to have the Legion and VFW officers and Post members attend these burials when the family requests that.

My late husband was a Vietnam Era non-combat veteran, US Navy enlisted. When he passed in late 2004, the folding and presentation of the flag to me, and the playing of Taps at the funeral was something I will never forget.

My hand is over my heart...
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My late husband was a Vietnam Era non-combat veteran, US Navy enlisted. When he passed in late 2004, the folding and presentation of the flag to me, and the playing of Taps at the funeral was something I will never forget.

My hand is over my heart...
I can relate as my father and a friend are buried at Arlington. I was able to maintain my composure until Taps was played.

In another life it was my honor to lead a missing man flyover at a military funeral in Dallas. Very somber.
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That was very touching, and commendable.
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