connectVideoSpirit Airlines attendant reunited Vietnam veteran with precious hat lost on the flight
A Vietnam veteran was reunited with his beloved hat a few weeks after leaving it on a Spirit Airlines flight from Orlando to Philadelphia. When John Armao Reber realized he hat left his beloved veteran hat on the plane, he was desperate to have her back, and made a plea to Facebook. The post has been shared over 320,000 times and got the attention of a Spirit flight attendant who is of the hat and helped reunite him.
Hats off for this flight attendant – and social media – for the help of the return of a Vietnam veteran to his beloved hat a few weeks after he forgot it on a Spirit Airlines flight.
John Armao Reber, was flying from Orlando to Philadelphia on Feb. 1 when he forgot his Veteran’s Cap on the plane.
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Desperate to have her back, Reber, a plea on his Facebook page on Feb. 18.
“My Veteran’s Cap was lost on a Spirit Airlines Flight from Orlando to Philadelphia, Feb. 1, 2019. The Hat and the attachments are more than 45 years old. One of a Kind I ask everyone to forward this to as many people as possible to help you recover,” the post read.
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The first post has been shared over 320,000 times and within two days, got the attention of the Spirit stewardess Catherine Edwards, who turned to him to let him know she had found his hat and would mail it to him.
Reber, who served aboard the USS Hornet in VS-37 Squadron from 1966-1967, was shocked and surprised by the overwhelming response, CBSPhilly reported.
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“I want to thank everyone on this great nation to answer the call. The heartwarming responses came from all states in the union. America certainly does not care about its veterans. A lot of comments with tears in my eyes. Many mentioned their own family members who have served. I can’t express how grateful I am to all of you and also Spirit Airlines from the corporate level on down.” Reber wrote in a follow-up post on Facebook.
“The hat now belongs to you all, and will symbolize your love and goodness. You are America,” he added.
In a statement to Fox News, the Spirit of the Airline confirmed that the hat was sent back and thanks to Reber for his service.
“At Spirit Airlines we strive to reunite our Guests with their lost property. Understand the sentimental nature of this hat, our Crew worked to ensure that the item was kept safe and secure. It is in the process of being returned to the owner. On behalf of Spirit Airlines, we would like to thank Mr. Reber, for his service and sacrifice.”