Ed Hornsby really didn't understand what all the fuss was about, after all, he was just doing what came naturally.
Ed learned that John Phillips is pursuing a career in commercial aviation and realized that, as a young man with a growing family, a pilot's headset would put him back several hundred dollars. Ed is no longer flying full sized airplanes and owned a very nice noise cancelling headset that, if they were every used, were barely used. Ed gave the headset to John "just to help him out." John was clearly moved by Ed's generosity and both men reluctantly mugged for the camera.
It always warms my soul when I see generosity at work, but especially when it's helping somebody further their education.