Retired flight attendant walks more than 200 miles to honor 9/11 flight crews
A retired flight attendant made a stop in the Bronx on Thursday as he walks for more than 200 miles from Boston to New York to honor the flight crews from 9/11.
Paulie Veneto has plenty of experience pushing a beverage cart, but on Aug. 21 he started the longest push of his life--walking from Boston to the World Trade Center, with his cart in tow, to honor the flight crews from 9/11.
On the morning of 9/11, the Boston native had the day off from work at Logan International Airport.
That airport is where United flight 175, one of four planes hijacked by terrorists that day, took off.
Veneto says he’s taking this walk to honor the sometimes-forgotten flight crews who lost their lives in the attacks, including some of his own colleagues.
“It bothered me that none of us recognized them for that. They never heard the word 'heroes.' They were the first first responders of 9/11,” said Veneto.
Veneto has received support from across the country ever since he set out on his push on Aug. 21.
“I’ve been greeted with flags and people all the way here. All over the place, little kids, it’s been crazy. I've got signs in the RV that little kids drew, it’s amazing,” said Veneto.
After 9/11, Veneto says he struggled with drug addiction and this year he finally feels healthy enough to walk 220 miles.
He’s aiming to arrive at ground zero on Saturday, coinciding with the 20-year anniversary of 9/11--which Veneto calls the “perfect storm.”