I’m not someone who cries very often, but this brought tears to my eyes and gave me chills…
In 1967 Col. Roy Knight was shot down in the Vietnam War. His remains were only recently found, and were returned to the US. In general that provides the family with some much needed closure. However, there’s something that makes this story extra special.
Col. Knight’s son was five years old when his dad left for Vietnam, and the last time he saw his dad was when he brought him to Dallas Love Field to go to Vietnam.
Now his son, Bryan Knight, is a captain for Southwest Airlines. He was able to operate the flight to Dallas Love Field with his father’s remains on it.
Man, that’s some heavy stuff. Talk about coming full circle.
There’s just something so beautiful about how all of this is done. I think the reason I’m so emotional about this is because his son’s reaction wasn’t exactly what I was initially expecting.
It’s clear Captain Bryan is proud to bring his dad home, and views all of this as an incredible and positive opportunity that honors his father, rather than something to be sad about.
Here’s the video (just make sure you’re somewhere where it’s okay to cry):
Here’s a version with the ATC audio and more, which is even better (if you have a few extra minutes):