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Late at night, in New York's Penn Station, a beautiful thing happened.

A young Amtrak worker noticed an old man in the line, queueing for the last train out of New York. That man had a hat on which read: USN (United States Navy) Armed Services, WWII Veteran.

The 99-year-old man, whose name is Ed, is mostly deaf and had a sign around his neck stating so. He was quietly waiting on a train bound for his hometown of Baltimore.

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Ed and Dwayne. Benny Johnson

The young train operator, whose name is Dwayne, moved Ed to the front of the line. Dwayne exclaimed how honored he was to have Ed riding his train and began to call co-workers over to shake his hand.

Dwayne then led the station in a round of applause that even Ed could hear, before telling him, “Man, thank you so much. You paved the way for me.”

This is how happy Ed was after meeting Dwayne:

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You can watch the exchange here:

After honoring him in front of the entire station, Dwayne escorted Ed onto the train personally, ahead of all other passengers.

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Benny Johnson

Just a beautiful thing to see, in a world that could use a little more beauty.