Most military heroes and their families receive warm welcomes and uproarious rounds of applause when they are acknowledged.
The same cannot be said for the family of Army Sergeant John Perry. In order to retrieve their son's body, Stewart Perry and his wife, Kathy, along with their daughter Anita, had to fly from Sacramento to Philadelphia.
After their connecting flight in Phoenix was delayed, flight personnel made a special announcement allowing the military family to exit the plane before all other passengers. Unsatisfied with the special privilege, many first-class passengers booed the family as they excited the plane. Hearing the complaints sent them into tears during an already emotional week.
Saturday evening, the Perry family was given the devastating news that their son had been killed in the line of duty during a suicide bombing in Bagram, Afghanistan.
The man became a military hero after risking his life to stop the bomber, who missed his target at a local 5K run to support disabled soldiers.
Surviving Sergeant Perry are his wife of eight years, Julianne, and their two kids, Lena and Gavin.
The soldier served two tours during Operation Enduring Freedom and has been awarded a bronze star as well as a Purple Heart and many other military decorations. Arrangements have been made for him to be laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.
For more about Sergeant Perry and his family's heartbreaking ordeal, check out this video.
If I were one of the passengers on board during this entire incident, I would be utterly embarrassed to see others put their own temporary discomfort over a military family that now has to live with a lifetime of sadness.
A GoFundMe has been set up to help the family, so if you'd like to show your support, that's a great place to start.