Choir Surprises Retiring Pilot With Farewell Song After His Final Flight

August 7, 2019

Members of the St. Anthony on the Lake choir surprised American Airlines Captain Brian Lenzen by singing an Irish blessing after his retirement flight from Dublin to Chicago.

The choir, which was returning from a tour of Ireland, was asked by the flight attendants to sing to the pilot after he exited the plane for the last time as a pilot.

"We waited at the end of the tunnel, and we sang to him when he came off the plane," Laurie Polkus, who directed the choir, said on Facebook. "He announced in the flight that it would be his last and walked through the cabin saying goodbye. His wife was on the flight...it was lovely and very emotional."

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