Paul “Paulie” Veneto, a 62-year-old former flight attendant will be paying a unique 20th-anniversary tribute to the victims of 9/11 on August 21 when he sets out on foot for a 220-mile journey starting at Logan International Airport in Boston.
The Braintree, Massachusetts resident plans to walk to Ground Zero in New York City pushing an aircraft beverage cart for the entirety of the trek in honor of his colleagues who died in the terrorist attacks 20 years ago on September 11. He dubbed his commemorative trip “Paulie’s Push.”
“They were heroes,” Veneto told Fox News.” “They were the first, first responders of 9/11… and they should be recognized as that.”
Veneto said he was inspired to make the trip because it was “common sense.”
“I’m not going to walk to New York – people walk, people run … what do flight attendants do?” Veneto said. “Everyone knows what a flight attendant does, they push a beverage cart down the aisle.”
The cart will be decorated with the flight numbers in remembrance of the American Airlines and United Airlines flights that were taken down in the attacks. He will also carry laminated photos of the crew members on top of the cart so he “is looking at them every day.”
Veneto worked as a flight attendant for United Airlines and sometimes even worked on Flight 175 so he personally knew several of the crew members who died on 9/11.
“Every anniversary that came up, I thought about them,” Veneto said.
Veneto frequently recalls how the flight attendants reacted so heroically during the attacks.
“Those crew members, they rallied together under extraordinary conditions,” Veneto said. “That was America.”
Veneto has faced an internal struggle himself. According to his website, he spent nearly 15 years battling with an opiate addiction that he says almost took his life but finally was able to break free from the addiction in 2015.
However, he indicated that Paulie’s Push isn’t about his recovery and doesn’t want it to “overshadow” the real reason he will be pushing a beverage cart from Boston to New York City.
“I’m just so grateful that I was able to turn my life around,” he said. “And now I’m able to do what I’m doing.”
Veneto hopes to bring attention to the courage and dedication the crews showed on 9/11 after “what we’ve all been through” over the past year of political and pandemic turmoil.
“It’s not about any of that stuff,” he said. “Right now, it’s, [let’s] recognize these guys. And hopefully, the rest of us can all get along.”
Families of the 9/11 victims are likely to feel honored by Veneto’s heartfelt walk to honor their loved ones. However, many families are outraged that leftists have attempted to paint the Jan 6 ‘insurrection” as worse than, or even comparable to, the terrorist attacks on September 11 that took thousands of lives.
Retired New York Deputy Fire Chief Jim Riches spoke out last week about losing his son and the sick comparisons that have been drawn between the events.
“Are they kidding me? 3,000 people died, plus we have more people dying from the air that was down there,” he said. “They’re comparing it to score points politically. The families are really [angry]. When I talk to them, when they compare it to that, they find that outrageous.”
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