A fallen soldier on a Delta flight from Atlanta to Los Angeles shared the same plane as many other commercial passengers. About 40 minutes prior to landing, the airline captain informed those on-board that a fallen soldier was on their flight.
On Nov. 1, Huffington Post published an account of the experience as written by John E. DiScala. The end of the flight was emotionally provoking as the plane reached its arrival gate. Passengers noticed several uniformed military members who were escorts of fallen soldier. A military officer came on board and let passengers know before they left that they were part of an escort service carrying a fallen soldier on the Delta flight. He forewarned everyone not to be alarmed when they saw police and fire trucks arrive as part of the tradition of welcoming the fallen with a water salute.
After passengers got off the plane, several of them stayed to watch the ceremonious salute as the fallen soldier's family approached his coffin that was draped in a U.S. flag. The writer concluded his account of the fallen soldier on the Delta flight by observing a woman assumed to be the soldier's mother, walk up to the coffin and gently lay her had on it.
The full article can be read HERE.