It’s common to hear lately how the younger generations, especially millennials, disdain every common value that their parents once regarded with the utmost respect. They act disrespectfully toward our elders, disregard authority and don’t find it important to honor our servicemen.
Fortunately, that’s a gross generalization on how these younger generations behave, especially if you were on board of this flight from Germany to the US.
Diane Hollifield Cupp and her husband, both from Tennessee, were returning home from a vacation in Europe where they visited many sites related to World War II, where she learned that soldiers remains from the bloody war are still to this day being found.
When their flight landed in Atlanta, the pilot made an announcement that an Army Private on board was escorting the remains of a WWII soldier and that they would be exiting the plane first to their final destination in Houston, Texas.
A few members of the Iowa Ambassadors of Music Choir was also on board, coming back home from a 15-day tour in Europe when they decided with their director, to honor the fallen soldier by singing ”The Battle Hymn of the Republic” as the private and the soldier’s remains exited the plane.
Their rendition of the powerful song brought tears the eyes of the passengers and thanks to Mrs. Cupp who was able to record it, people all over the world were able to watch and share the beautiful and moving moment a brave fallen soldier is honored for dying for his country and for our freedom.
“To see those young people do that just melted my heart… It was absolutely beautiful to see the respect that these kids had. I just had to capture it,” Cupp said to WSB-TV.
Luke Johnson, one of the choir directors on the plane said to the Des Moines Register, ‘”We were really honored because in times of need, or times of struggle, people tend to go to music for comfort.”
It was certainly a moving experience for all those onboard the flight and to all of us who were able to watch this powerful and touching moment.
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