Thursday, June 2, 2016

For Veteran's sake Flight had emergency landing : Don't we wish our citizens in this country also have the same type of attitude towards our Soldiers?

This past week I was on a four and a half hour,  non-stop flight from Seattle, Washington, to Atlanta, Georgia. In all my years of travelling, I have learned that each time a plane has the  opportunity to stop, there is potential for unexpected challenges.  Flight  delays,  weather  and airline crews can create unanticipated challenges on any trip.  Therefore, I always try to fly non-stop between my destinations.
About an hour into this particular flight, the  Captain's voice  rang  over the intercom. He asked if there was a physician or  nurse on the  plane.  If so, he asked them to identify themselves by ringing the  flight  attendant call button beside their seat.

I listened carefully but heard no one ring their  bell. I  immediately began to wonder what was happening.  In a few minutes, Captain informed us that there was a medical emergency on 
board and asked again if there was a physician or a nurse who could help.

When there was no response, we were told that we were going to make an emergency stop in Denver, Colorado. He apologized but  told us that  there would be a medical emergency team waiting to meet us at the gate, and  that  we would probably only be delayed by about thirty minutes.  Though it was  necessary, we knew we would all be inconvenienced by the extra stop.

About half an hour later, we landed at Denver International Airport  and the medical crew immediately came on board. However,  everything took  longer than had previously been expected. An elderly  gentleman, about 85 years old, had suddenly taken ill. It was not clear whether  he had experienced a stroke or a heart attack.

Even after the gentleman was carried off of the plane, we still sat  there for quite a while. The original "short" stop turned into about an  hour  and a half.  When we finally pushed back from the gate and were in the air, the pilot apologized profusely for the  unavoidable delay.  He said that since the stop had taken longer than expected, those  passengers who  needed  to make connections in Atlanta would miss their flights,  but would automatically be booked on the next flight out.

You could almost hear the moans and groans throughout the air
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plane of everyone who was being inconvenienced by unexpected stop. Then  the pilot did one of the classiest things I have personally ever seen or  heard anyone do.

He spoke into the intercom and said, "Ladies and gentlemen, I  thought you might be interested in one bit of information. The elderly  gentleman who was taken off the plane was a "Marine" in World War II.

I am holding in my hand a copy of the Congressional Medal of Honour that was awarded to him and signed by President Harry Truman in 1945." The pilot went on to say, "I realize that we have al l been inconvenienced today. However, in light of the fact that this gentleman was a war hero and was inconvenienced for four years of his life in order that we might experience the freedoms that we enjoy today, I thought you all should know that."

Immediately, the air
plane was filled with applause. Everyone was cheering and so pleased to know that the gentleman had been cared for in a way that was fitting and appropriate.
As we continued to fly, I thought to myself, "Isn't that interesting? We were concerned that we were inconvenienced for a couple of hours, and yet this gentleman's entire life was interrupted and inconvenienced for over four years while he went and fought in a war to protect the freedoms and values that we love and hold dear in this country today."

I breathed a prayer for the gentleman and asked God to bless him for all he had done to help us understand what freedom is all about.

(Source- via e-mail from  Ravinder Benal Ravi Vet)



  1. In that country God and soldier are not forgotten at any time. The sacrifices by the soldier are weighed in gold there, but in our country they are financial burden; for the people of India do not know the value of the soldier's lost youth caring for the people of the nation and their freedom, and their notion of freedom is quite different from the universal definition with which they can be as indisciplined as they like.

  2. Its well said with a tinge of added sentiment. Well the soldier had fought for his country and there could be men from the other side of the war who also took everything for patriotism and history wrote them out for intruders. well , he fought for his men, which is part of humanity and the other part also fought for his patriotism.. These are all stories of divisiveness. What humanity needed is concern for all, irrespective of his history.