From Where I Stand: Flight #93 Pilot's Widow Sets the Record Straightby Melodie Homer
A decade after September 11, 2001, the nation continues to mourn what was lost on that sunny Tuesday morning: nearly 3,000 lives, and the innocence of a nation that will be forever changed. Many of us lost loved ones in those flames and every single one of us will never forget that day. LeRoy W. Homer Jr. was the first officer and co-pilot of United Flight #93 enroute… See more details below
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A decade after September 11, 2001, the nation continues to mourn what was lost on that sunny Tuesday morning: nearly 3,000 lives, and the innocence of a nation that will be forever changed. Many of us lost loved ones in those flames and every single one of us will never forget that day. LeRoy W. Homer Jr. was the first officer and co-pilot of United Flight #93 enroute to San Francisco the morning of September 11, the flight was diverted to Washington, DC before crashing into a deserted field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Had it not been for the heroic efforts of crew members such as LeRoy, the plane would have crashed into its intended target–the US Capitol–destroying more lives and the symbol of a nation united. Written by Homer’s wife, Melodie, From Where I Stand chronicles the events of that singular day and the “new normal” that ensued: medial calling for a quote every time a story broke related to September 11; raising children and celebrating their milestones while living with post-traumatic stress disorder; and standing up to LeRoy’s employer, United Airlines. How does one move on when their husband and father is headline news with little privacy to mourn? From Where I Stand is Melodie’s uplifting journey of how she moved forward as the eyes of the nation watched her every step. The killing of Osama bin Laden on May 2, 2011 may have been a victory for the country but for the individuals who were deeply and directly affected by his actions; his death did little to end the nightmare. From Where I Stand is a story the nation needs to hear, so we can all be reminded of this dark period in time, learn from a courageous women how to move forward and share in the triumph of this amazing woman as she rebuilds a life for herself and her children.
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Mrs homer book was good and had alot of information regarding flight 93. I do agree that flight 93 did not get the coverage as ny or the pentagon. I was disappointed that she had a problem with lisa beamer and lisa's book. I think mrs homer forgot that lisa beamer also became a single parent on 9/11 and wanted to share her story!
I just finished this book and it was not what I expected! My heart breaks for Mrs. Homer and her children and I can't even imagine the pain they have endured since September 11, 2001. Unfortunately, this book seemed more about her anger and bitterness about how she was treated by United Airlines, the media, other 9/11 widows and their families for their decisions to display their grief through writing a book immediately or speaking to the media about the events that unfolded on flight United 93 that day, and even being angry at President Bush. Grief is something every person handles differently, and I hope this book has been a form of therapy for Mrs. Homer after all these years. It is evident she has endured so much pain. I am a military wife, and I remember that day all to well. My husband was deployed for a year, and I too was confused by what decisions we were making to find the people who attacked America that day, but I honestly feel the people we should blame and be angry at are the terrorist, not President Bush. I think he handled that crisis with grace and dignity, and brought everyone together during that difficult time. I agree that Leroy Homer, as well as the other 9/11 pilots, crew, other victims, and their families were NOT given the same respect as some of the victims were, but they all will always be heroes to me too. God Bless Mrs. Homer, her children, and everyone else who was affected by this horrible tragedy!