How many knew about the black pilot who crashed his plane in Shanksville , PA Sept 11, 2001?
Maybe not his name or history, but just knew that the pilot was an educated black man who was married and a father? The short bio below will bring us all up to date as to who he was. We should all know and care! LeRoy Homer, Jr.
In September, America marked the tenth anniversary of 9/11. One thing that some people might observe and question is what the impact of 9/11 was on African-Americans who bravely gave their lives for our country. Leroy Wilton Homer Jr. was an African-American first officer operating the flight that tragically fell in an act of terrorism in Shanksville , PA on Sept. 11, 2001. Pilot Homer’s plane was the 4th attacked that day.
The Long Island, New York native dreamed of flying as a child. He was only 15 years old when he started flight instruction in a Cessna 152. By the time he was 18, Homer had obtained his private pilot’s license. That same year, he joined the Air Force and became a Second Lieutenant. He served in Operation Desert Storm and Desert Shield and later supported efforts in Somalia. During his tenure, Homer was named the 21st Air Force Air Crew Instructor of the Year. Homer achieved the rank of captain before his honorable discharge from active duty in 1995.
For his actions on board Flight 93, Homer received many posthumous awards and citations, including honorary membership in the historic Tuskegee Airmen, the Congress Of Racial Equality’s (CORE) Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Award, the SCLC Drum Major for Justice Award and the Westchester County Trailblazer Award.
Homer is survived by his wife, Melodie and daughter, Laurel. Time magazine published Beyond 9/11: Portraits of Resilience, a photo-rich commemorative edition dedicated to 9/11s tenth anniversary. No identifiable African-Americans are pictured in its 64 pages.
For our first post of Black History Month, The Family Meeting acknowledges and honors Captain LeRoy Homer, Jr. for his outstanding accomplishments, service to our country, and his heroic deeds.
Please tell your children the story of Captain LeRoy Homer, Jr. and let them watch this video:
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