MIDDLETOWN, Ct. (WFSB) - Former flight attendant, Paul "Paulie" Veneto, is pushing an airline beverage cart from the Boston Logan Airport to Ground Zero in NYC.

"The first day, well, it was a hurricane, and I went 18 miles in a hurricane so it’s been pretty good," he said.

Veneto is undertaking this task as a tribute to the flight attendants and crew members killed in the Sept. 11 attacks. 

Former flight attendant pushing beverage cart from Logan to Ground Zero to honor 9/11 colleagues

As the nation prepares for the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, former flight attendant Paulie Veneto is honoring the flight attendants on board the hijacked planes. Veneto is planning on pushing a beverage cart from Logan International Airport in Boston to Ground Zero in New York to honor the crewmembers.

Veneto was likely going to be assigned to work on that hijacked united airlines flight, but his incoming flight the day before was delayed.

"My family thought I was on it because that’s when I work," he said.

He worked on Flight 175 for two months before 9/11, and worked side-by-side with some of the victims.

"When my legs get tired, it’s hot, I’m sweating, I have their pictures on the top of the cart and I look at them and it’s nothing to push this cart to New York. It really is nothing," he said.

He said he was honoring those that didn't make it. "By me pushing this beverage cart, you people on social media spread the message and it’s going to reach these crew members families who live all over the country."

While in Middletown, Veneto visited the south fire district’s 9/11 memorial. He will continue south, heading to New Haven.

Veneto said, "I’ve experienced so much and I’m only half way through New York. CT has been unbelievable."

He is expecting to reach Ground Zero in New York City in time for the 20th anniversary. "I’ll be rolling that cart into Ground Zero on September 11th no matter what. I have to carry it on my back, swim across the Hudson that cart will be at Ground Zero. I guarantee it."

His journey started on Aug. 21, you can watch his path here

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