Man undertaking solemn 9/11 journey cheered in town

Retired flight attendant Paul Veneto is pushing an airline beverage cart from Boston Logan International Airport to Ground Zero in New York City to mark the 20-year anniversary of 9/11.

Veneto says he knew the crew on United Airlines Flight 175. That aircraft was slammed into the South Tower of the World Trade Center on the morning of Sept. 11, 2001.

On his website,, Veneto states, “I am doing this because I want these crew members’ families to know how courageous they were that day. I want the public to understand that under those conditions that morning, what those crew members did, nobody could have trained for. They really need to be recognized as Heroes. They were the very first First Responders.”

Veneto’s journey to NYC brought him through North Haven last week, where he was greeted by North Haven police officers and firefighters, and was escorted through town on his way to New Haven.

Following the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001, Veneto turned to drugs to cope, and became addicted to opiates.

“After almost 15 years of numbing myself out from the thoughts of that day, I have finally been freed from addiction since 2015. I can now finally give tribute to my fallen crew members,” he states on his website. 

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