A decade after September 11, 2001 the nation continues to mourn what was lost: nearly 3,000 lives and the innocence of a nation that will forever be changed.
LeRoy W. Homer Jr. was the first officer and co-pilot of United Flight 93 the morning of September 11 the flight was diverted to Washington D.C. before crashing into a deserted field. Had it not been for the heroic efforts of crew members such as LeRoy the plane would have crashed into its intended target—the U.S. Capitol—destroying more lives and the symbol of a nation united. In From Where I Stand Homer’s wife Melodie chronicles the events of that day and the “new normal” that ensued: media calling for a quote every time a story broke related to September 11 raising children while living with post-traumatic stress disorder and standing up to LeRoy’s employer United Airlines.
The last ten years have been a daily struggle yet as Melodie proves in this ultimately uplifting journey “there is a better future ahead.”
Melodie Homer is a nursing instructor and the widow of First Officer LeRoy Homer. The president of the LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation an organization that supports and encourages young adults wishing to pursue aviation careers she lives in New Jersey with her two children. To learn more about the foundation and how you can get involved visit www.leroywhomerjr.org.