Last Updated Aug 8, 2019 7:37 PM EDT (CBS News) – It was a remarkable scene Thursday at Love Field in Dallas, Texas.
As travelers watched from the terminal, U.S. Air Force Col. Roy Knight was welcomed home — with full military honors — 52 years after he was shot down during the Vietnam War.
His remains were discovered in Laos earlier this year.
His son, Bryan, was just 5 when he saw his father off to war at the same airport. It was the last time he saw his dad alive.
Captain Bryan Knight — now a pilot for Southwest Airlines — was not only there for the long-awaited return, but had the honor of flying his father home.
“It’s an incredible opportunity that I wouldn’t have thought in a million years I was going to have,” Knight said.
Col. Knight will be laid to rest Saturday in the Dallas suburbs.
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