We picked up our daughter from the airport today, she was on a special flight, for on that flight was a soldier returning home for the final time. The arrival was delayed because there was a ceremony for the soldier on the tarmack upon touchdown, firetrucks, police and military.
She had a window seat to the proceedings, the passengers all remained in their seats until the casket had been unloaded. As we were walking to the parking garage we walked past the processional lined up preparing to take the soldier on his last journey through the city. We left the garage just in time to stand witness as the processional with police escort left the airport. I couldn't help but choke up.
My heart goes out to the family who is bearing this loss at this time of year, it always seems so much harder with the season.
My hat goes off to the City of Cleveland and surrounding jurisdictions who honored this soldier at the airport today.