Skip to comments.Passengers aboard plane salute fallen 'hero'
Posted on 09/26/2005 6:23:52 AM PDT by cwiz24
When Delta Flight 1880 landed late Saturday at Logan International Airport, the pilot went on the intercom to make a request of the passengers preparing to grab their carry-on bags: Sit for a moment and honor a fallen soldier.
''The pilot said, 'We have a hero on this flight and sadly, he isn't with us, but his mother is escorting his remains,' " said Barbara Bell, sister of Sergeant Pierre A. Raymond, 28, an Army reservist from Lawrence who died Tuesday in Germany after being wounded in Iraq.
The normal bustle of an emptying airplane immediately ceased, she said.
''He went on to say that 'a sergeant from the Army is escorting them as well', and then [the pilot] thanked him for doing what he did and for keeping us safe and free."
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
I love how the Boston Globe feels it necessary to put hero in quotation marks. Classy.
Something happened to my computer screen. It just started getting all blurry.
From now on I suggest all FReepers refer to the Boston Globe as a "newspaper".
I hope I'm never a passenger on a plane when such a situation occurs. It would be impossible to maintain my composure. Even reading about it is steaming up my glasses.
I would love to thank him for this loving and resectful gesture, for his kindness to the soldier's mom and for his understanding of exactly why this hero sacrificed his life.
This pilot is an A-grade American.
I just saw that. How disgusting. Yet somehow I doubt that they've ever referred to Cindy Sheehan as a "mother," even though her claim to the title, through her actions, is tenuous at best.
The depth of the divide between Sgt Raymond and those losers on Saturday is beyond words.
The quislings wouldn't know bravery if it bit them in the ass.
Considering that most people I know, when a plane lands, knock each other over to get off -- this is rather extraordinary.
God rest the soul of Sergeant Raymond, may He bring comfort to the family.
And kudos to the crew and passengers -- for honoring a fallen hero.
The editorial board of the Globe saves the unequivocal term hero for folks they consider "real" heroes, such as Ted Kennedy. /sarcasm
I fly Delta and I salute their pilots for taking the time to make that announcement. The last few times I flew the pilots recognized active duty troops on board coming home and the cabin filled with applause. I hope the other air caeeiers are doing the same
caeeiers = carriers
I wish I could shake that pilots hand.
I watched yesterday's rally on C-Cpan. Gold star family after family got up to the microphone, talked about their lost brother, sister, father, son or daughter and how they died for a noble cause, and how they supported what we are doing in Iraq and Afganistan. As one poster said he went from Kleenex to TP to Bounty.
I'm surprised you don't hear of more carriers doing this, considering (I think I'm right here) many commercial pilots got their start flying for the military. Someone correct me if I'm wrong on that point...
Picky, Picky! Everyone makes mistakes.
>>Something happened to my computer screen. It just started getting all blurry<<
Early morning fog...correcting tagline...
Pukin Dog is also an A-grade American on the 'republic scale', :^)
If there had been some anti American, Cindy Sheehan-loving people on that plane I suppose they would have booed, and harassed the mother.
That is very interesting.
Phantom, same thing happened to my screen too.
"I love how the Boston Globe feels it necessary to put hero in quotation marks. Classy."
The heros of teh Globe must pass the test of being Democrat politicians, or their hangers on, thus John Kerry, Swift Boat Hero.
We can only hope we will continue to see this recognition more and more.
Mine had that problem too. RIP soldier.
One of the things I remember reading very young was Hitler's fascination with ...the power of the spoken word.
***The last few times I flew the pilots recognized active duty troops on board coming home and the cabin filled with applause.***
The PEOPLE know.
email your President today to tell him you've got his back. He's going through hell right now with all the attacks from the left:
A few words will do the trick. Just tell him you back him up. And, YES, his people will tell him how many Americans are behind him.
I am going to make my T-Shirt today...
I loved the T-shirt at the anti-cindi, pro-troop mission in Crawford worn by a mom of a soldier that said on the back "My son has your back" and on the front it said something like " Sleep well tonight, America"
I am going to put on the front " President Bush has had our backs for five hard years" and on the back " Now I have your back, Mr. President, rest well."
Need to sharpen up the back message. Will work on it.
I truly love our President and his administration-top to bottom.
I find it absolutely disgusting, and quite telling, that you chose to put the word "hero" in quotation marks in this story.
You may as well have included the word "alleged," as well, as that was obviously your intent.
That is example number 356,876,433 of the liberal bias of your "newspaper."
It was a good story.
How often do other freepers actually click on the link and read the whole story? I usually do...sometimes it saves me from removing my foot from my keyboard!
One fascinating fact from Hitler's Germany was how well he controlled the masses. He confiscated all the radios, and then *gave* everyone radios....that were only set to *his* frequencies.
And that explains why Hogan and Co always used a coffee pot!
DECENCY always makes me weep. . .
I believe the Globe put hero in quotes to be their version of fair and balanced, at least in the title of the article. I think the Boston Herald would have let the word stand on it's own, or quoted the pilot more fully in the title, sans quotation marks around the word hero. It was a good story, one about which the Globe felt the need to editorialize, to some degree.
How about "alleged newspaper", actually fishwrap is preferable to me.
Your T-shirt: GO FOR IT!
Decency can make me weep, too. Odd, that.
Let's ask the reporter about it:
Normally, the headline is written by someone other than the reporter. However, she is a good place to start. If I get other contact information, I'll post it.
Boston Globe main number: 617-929-2000.
We have been very lucky, Republic.
Our President has had one heck of hard road, with attacks on the nation, natural disasters, a breakdown of morality and good sense.
Among the things that really, really irked me about the Kintoon was him saying how much fun he had as President.
Yea, like the OKC bombing was fun, and flight TWA 800 was fun, like the attack on the USS Cole was fun, the attacks on our embassies, bombing Serbia, Waco, the list goes on.... oh those were fun too. Glad you had fun Klintoon.
I thank Jesus every morning that real adults are in charge of our nation.
We are absolutely much safer having President Bush in office. Our enemies know the results if they step to far out of line. They know another attack on our homeland will bring even greater death and destruction upon their heads.
Lord, Jesus, I pray you help us in a great time of need come 2008 and help us elect another strong President. Because God help us come 2009 if we elect a weak President.
'hero' is correct because it quotes from the article. Go back to "grammar" school and quit griping
Oh yes! I stand with you on this. Our Father knew exactly what we needed, and blessed us all, deeply, even those who do not or will not see how incredible this President and his team are and have been.
I mean it. This nation is better, more honest and once again strong because of this good, good leader.
"DECENCY always makes me weep. ."
Me too...I think it's the reaffirmation that there's more decent and honorable people in this country than than the Globe, Times, etc. would have us believe...
They're tears of joy.
Thank you Sgt. Raymond, and may you rest in peace. May God bless your family.