Delta honor guard remembers fallen heroes on their journey home

Delta´s Honor Guard, a group of Delta Airlines (NYSE: DAL) employee volunteers who greet every plane that carries the remains of fallen military service men and women, has transported soldiers of current conflicts, as well as the repatriated remains of those from foreign conflicts, such as Vietnam, Korea and World War II, also paying tribute to first responders, firefighters and law enforcement, the company said.

Delta employee Brian McConnell leads the honor guard, which greets every plane that carries the remains of fallen military service men and women at the Atlanta airport.

The ceremony is somber and dignified. The casket is pulled from the aircraft, while flags from all five military branches are displayed behind a military escort. McConnell or the lead honor guard member will recite a prayer while the remains are secured to a specially made cart. Then, a Delta honor guard coin is presented to the military escort or fallen service member´s next of kin.

Since McConnell became involved with the group more than a decade ago, Delta´s Honor Guard has transported more than 3,000 remains home and has grown to include other Delta airport hubs, including Minneapolis, Detroit, Salt Lake City, Los Angeles and Washington, D.C.

Delta Air Lines, Inc. is an American airline with its headquarters and its largest hub at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia.