We’ve seen many clips featuring airline baggage handlers who, unfortunately, are caught being less-than-respectful with passengers and their luggage. But here’s something you may not be aware of, as it usually happens behind the scenes. If this ceremony doesn’t make you tear up, nothing will. It is not performed for an audience. It performed out of respect for our fallen soldiers.
Meet a group of airline employees and baggage handlers — known as the Delta Honor Guard — at the Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta. They gather on the tarmac as the bodies of a Fallen Soldier and his K9 arrive home. The Honor Guard holds a ceremony as the caskets are transferred onto the plane. As you watch the video, notice the people watching in awe from inside the terminal above.
The smaller coffin is the soldier’s K9 partner who was trained in IEDs. The Delta Honor Guard conducts a handful of these ceremonies each week, on arriving or departing flights. Sometimes, the casket is connected to another Delta flight, where it leaves for its final destination. Thank you, Delta, for the respect you showed to these Fallen Heroes.
This is a wonderful thing they do for our fallen heroes, both human and canine, and while I have never witnessed it, I know from this video that this honor ceremony really does happen. Our human and canine solder certainly deserve it. Seeing the K9’s casket brought me to tears.
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