Proud to be an American

February 14, 2011 by George Rohman in


You know….we live in some tough times.  The economy feels like it is in the crapper, and it seems that when ever you turn on the news, all you hear is negative. Times are tough and sometimes it is hard to see some positive.

So I am sitting on US Airways flight 727 waiting to depart from Philadelphia to Denver…a little annual ski trip I take with some colleagues at Moreys Piers every winter.  It is always a great time.  We are about to push back from the gate and over the PA comes an announcement that there are three first class seats available and for a certain passenger and his party to come forward to claim their big leather seats.  Jackpot!!!  Hit the lottery… I have sat in the back of a cramped plane many times hoping for the “golden call”... to come sit up front in those big, wide leather seats.  This passenger seemed to be one of those “elite” flyers who logs frequent flyer miles routinely.

Clearly, any of us who would be lucky enough for this kind of upgrade, especially on a 4.5 hour flight, would have jumped at this chance.  However without hesitation, the most lucky passenger on the plane, and his party, point to three servicemen sitting nearby to move forward.  And so two servicemen from the US Army and one from the US Navy got to travel the last leg of their journey home in style.  These guys are fighting for our freedom and the least one can offer them is a first class seat home.

Kudos to this passenger, who is truly “elite” in my eyes.  Kudos to US Airways for allowing this.  Kudos to being an American.  I am proud.


Vickie says:

February 14, 2011 at 11:41 am

This is such a touching story and an example of just one way to thank our military.  Thank you for sharing this wonderful story.  Hopefully someone else will pay it forward.  Have a great ski vacation!

Kaye says:

February 15, 2011 at 8:01 am

As a daughter and sister of veterans, I was proud to read this post.  Nice job, US Airways!
(As a former employee of Morey’s, 1988-1990, I am excited every week to read this blog.  I’ve got to plan another trip to the east coast!)

Mike says:

February 15, 2011 at 7:31 pm

I recently took a 12 hour flight to Tel Aviv, Israel.  I was stuck in the middle seat the entire flight. Talk about feeling miserable and uncomfortable.

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