There is no more noble sacrifice our sons and daughters can give than putting their lives on the line for our freedom.
Sgt. John Perry gave his life for our country last week — and liberals literally booed his family.
The father of an American soldier recently killed in Afghanistan said he was on a flight to escort their hero son’s remains to his final resting place when passengers verbally assaulted him and his grieving family.
Stewart Perry, his wife and daughter were on an American Airlines flight Monday from Sacramento to Philadelphia with a transfer in Phoenix to receive the remains of his son, Sgt. John Perry, of Stockton, when the flight was delayed, The Stockton Record reported Saturday.
Perry, an ex-Marine who lives in Stockton, said the flight to Phoenix was 45 minutes late and the crew, fearing the Gold Star family could miss their connecting flight, made an announcement for passengers to remain seated to let a “special military family” deplane first.
Perry said several passengers in first class booed, complaining that it was “baloney” and that they paid first-class fares.
“It was just disgusting behavior from people in first class; it was terrible to see,” Perry said.
Perry, 30, and another American soldier died of injuries inflicted by an improvised explosive device Nov. 12 inside Bagram Airfield.
“I believe that the passengers knew there was a Gold Star family on board,” Perry said. “The woman sitting directly behind us touched me on the shoulder and asked if I was the father of the soldier killed in Afghanistan.”
The husband and father of two young children died a hero, his father said.
“He made a decision that saved a lot of people,” he said. “I was told that he was found protecting a female soldier. . He didn’t get to live a full life, but he lived.”
The Associated Press contributed to this article