Johnny Jet thought his Delta Flight 2255 from Atlanta to Los Angeles was a mundane flight like any other.

But he and the rest of the passengers learned 45 minutes before landing that there was a military escort on board transporting a fallen soldier. 

He recorded the dramatic water cannon salute by the fire department to honor the soldier, and the short, yet powerful, speech from one of the officials. 

“Ladies and gentlemen,” the man said to a perfectly silent cabin. “I just addressed the escort. It is a sworn oath to bring home, to the family, the fallen. Today you all did that. You are all escorts. Escorts of the heart.”

Johnny further recollected the somber mood on the plane on his blog post.

“The water glistening on the windowpanes looked like tears. As you can imagine, everyone was silent, no one got up. I’m sure most had meteor-sized lumps in their throats and tears in their eyes like I did.”