I found this video the other day, and decided to post it. The story about them is from 2010.
Delta Airlines employee Thomas Schenk, a baggage handler and military veteran started the Delta Honor Guard in 2005. After he left, Brian McConnell
took over as coordinator. McConnell was raised in a military family, and his son served in Afghanistan. In 2009, he coordinated the Honor Guard
ceremony for his father after he passed away.
When the Honor Guard was started, a veteran's group donated flags and other items. Delta has since paid for new flags, holsters for the flags, hats,
a Delta Honor Guard Coin that is given to every escort to give to the family members (remains usually don't have family with them, but always have an
escort), and a caisson shaped baggage cart, with the American flag as well as the all the service flags, and the POW/MIA flag painted on it. It is
one of several carts in use to transport remains.
The Guard was doing between five and six ceremonies a week at Hartsfield-Jackson airport in Atlanta for both incoming and outgoing flights. They have
since spread to Boston, Minneapolis, and Norfolk. Other airlines, such as American Airlines at Hartsfield-Jackson have started their own Honor Guard,
and more were looking into starting one.
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