Former flight attendant pushes drinks cart to honor friends who died on September 11

The retired flight attendant pushing an airline drinks cart more than 320 miles from Boston to New York City to honor her colleagues who died in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks is on track.

Paul Veneto, 62, resumed his 20th anniversary trip on Monday after a night at Natick’s Hotel Verve, two days after starting his trek at Logan International Airport and a day after braving torrential rains from the system storm Henri.

He plans to push the cart – decorated with photos of all 9/11 airline crews for inspiration and courage – to point zero by September 10.

“I look over this cart, I see the faces of these crew members, every time my legs hurt, it’s cold, it’s raining, they smile at me, the pain goes away”, Veneto said on Saturday before his departure.

Paul Veneto, right, is joined by flight attendants as he pushes a beverage cart towards the 9/11 Memorial at Logan Airport in Boston on Saturday. (Marie Schwalm / AP)

The walk called Paulie’s push will benefit the families of his former colleagues as well as Power Forward 25, a non-profit organization that helps people struggling with drug addiction. Veneto himself is recovering from an opioid addiction caused in part by the attacks.

“I changed my life so that I could recognize these guys who were never recognized,” Veneto said on Saturday. “We can all tell this country and the world that these crew members were heroes on September 11th.”

United Flight 175, which landed in the South Tower of the World Trade Center in New York City, was the Veneto scheduled flight. But he had a day off on September 11, 2001.

The Braintree resident has spent 30 years as a flight attendant for five different airlines.


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