A Flight Was About To Leave When The Pilot Announced One Passenger Wouldn’t Get Back Alive

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Image: Robert Alexander/Getty Images

Then, just a few moments later, the craft’s captain brought the boarding process to a halt. And Darrow was furious at this further delay to proceedings – not least because it could have made him too late for his connecting flight. When the member of crew revealed just what the hold-up was all about, however, the passenger’s mood would take a sudden turn.

Image: Chief Petty Officer Michael McNabb
Image: Chief Petty Officer Michael McNabb

But before we find out what made Darrow so tearful, it’s worth looking at national holidays across the world – and July 4 in particular. And plenty of nations do indeed have their own special occasions during which they can proclaim their patriotism – from Bastille Day in France to St. Patrick’s Day in Ireland. Just across the U.S. border, though, a rather macabre celebration takes place every year.

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Image: Jared Zimmerman

Every fall, you see, Mexico celebrates Día de Muertos. Known in English as the Day of the Dead, the holiday brings families across the country together to remember the lives of their deceased loved ones. It’s not a somber festival, either, as the dead are in fact thought to be with their nearest and dearest over the course of the event.

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