It was a flight like every other, but as the packed Delta airplane Flight 629 prepared to touch down in Detroit, the captain made an announcement that immediately silenced everyone on board.
"We have the honor of bringing a fallen soldier home," said the captain. As soon as the plane touched down, an Honor Guard ceremony began for Private First Class Curtis J. Wells.
Ruth Malhotra was on the plane when the announcement was made. She says that she witnessed the incredible silence that fell over everyone as they completed the flight.
When the plane touched down, a somber applause erupted from the passengers. Everyone strained to see the flag-draped casket of the fallen soldier as it was transferred from the aircraft.
What happened next made time stand still....