Thursday, February 02, 2017

LeRoy Wilton Homer, Black History Month, 9/11

LeRoy Wilton Homer, Jr.
August 27, 1965 - September 11, 2001
"Fly with God, my darling LeRoy."
 --His mother, Ilse Homer.

Today we honor the memory of LeRoy Wilton Homer, Jr. and welcome into the club nobody wants to join, his wife and widow, Melodie Homer.

LeRoy Wilton Homer, Jr., was First Officer of hi-jacked United Airlines Flight #93 that crashed into a field in Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001.

One of nine children, seven of which were girls, from age six, Homer dreamed of becoming a pilot. At age 15 he took flying lessons. At age 16 he earned his pilot's license. After high school, Homer joined the Air Force, graduated the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and served as pilot in both Desert Shield and Desert Storm Operations. He flew aircraft in humanitarian operations in Somalia. While serving seven years active duty in Air Force, he became a Captain. After switching to reserves, Homer rose to rank of Major. He was 36 years old when his life was tragically cut short. At the time of his death, Homer left his mother, brother, seven sisters, his wife, Melodie and then 10-month old daughter, Laurel.

Melodie Homer is founder of The LeRoy Homer Foundation, which provides financial support to young people seeking a profession in aviation. Melodie Homer is author of "From Where I Stand."

To Melodie Homer, daughter Laurel Homer, and every member of the LeRoy Wilton Homer, Jr. family, Griefcase extends its sincerest condolences. May your days be filled with what I loving refer to as mourning joy.

See you in print,

Linda Della Donna
...And one day, when I wasn't looking, I got a new life.

Mourning Quote: "There is a better future ahead." --Melodie Homer

Mourning Joy

Q: What do you call Paul Revere's sketches?

A: Yankee Doodles