A writer for the travel blog Johnny Jet took one flight he won’t soon forget. While on Delta Flight 2255 from Atlanta to Los Angeles the travelers were made aware that they had a very important passenger on board, an unidentified fallen soldier was being transported and he would be honored when landing in Los Angeles.

But this transcontinental flight turned out to be everything but ordinary. We later learned, when the captain got on the PA system about 45 minutes prior to landing, that we were transporting a fallen soldier. The plane went quiet as he explained that there was a military escort on-board and asked that everyone remain seated for a couple of minutes so the soldiers could get off first. He also warned us not to be alarmed if we see fire trucks since Los Angeles greets their fallen military with a water canon salute.

Always keep in mind the sacrifices that brave military members and their families make for the sake of their country.