One of America’s most recent gold star families was subjected to acts of horrific disrespect while bringing home their soldier son’s remains. Sgt. John W. Perry was killed in Afghanistan last week when a suicide bomber attacked a Veteran’s Day fun run on his Army base. Sgt. Perry saved the lives of countless soldier when he encountered and foiled the suicide bomber at the cost of his own life.
The grieving Perry family was escorting their son’s body back to California when they were humiliated by the very men and women their son had died to protect. The captain of their flight announced there would be a brief delay to honor Perry as his body was loaded into the cargo hold. The announcement was met with boos from the first class cabin. When their flight landed and the Perry family was allowed to leave the plane first, the 1st class passengers continued to complain saying “This is just baloney,” and “I paid first class for this?”
“To hear the reaction of the flight being delayed because of a Gold Star family and the first class cabin booing, that was really upsetting, and it made us cry some more,” said Sgt. Perry’s father Stewart. Mr. Perry is outraged by the behavior of his fellow American’s and the protests surround the American Flag. “It’s not for protest – it’s for the death of the people that are saving us. That’s what it’s for,” he said.
The father in mourning is upset by politicians using gold star families and the current war on terror as empty campaign rhetoric. “One example would be Donald Trump speaking badly about a Gold Star family, who I now am, and it really bothers me, but it also bothers me that people don’t want to talk about the terrorism that killed my kid. My kid was over there to help put a stop to this garbage, and he died,” he said.