MARLTON – Author Melodie Homer will release her book From Where I Stand: Flight #93 Pilot’s Widow Sets the Record Straight this month which honors her husband and his pivotal role in the events of September 11, 2001. LeRoy W. Homer Jr. was the first officer and co-pilot of United Flight #93 en route to San Francisco on the morning of September 11, 2001. 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 including LeRoy, the plane would have crashed into its intended target–the U.S. Capitol – destroying more lives and the symbol of a nation united.
From Where I Stand chronicles the events of that singular day and the “new normal” that ensued for Melodie: media 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?
LeRoy Homer, a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy, served in the U.S. Air Force prior to joining United Airlines in 1995. The Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of African American pilots to serve in the U.S. military, posthumously bestowed the title of “Tuskegee Airmen” on LeRoy Homer in 2001. Most recently CBS Television Network has recognized LeRoy Homer’s legacy with prime-time public service announcements in celebration of Black History month.
Melodie Homer is a nursing instructor and the president of the LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation. She resides in New Jersey with her two children. She will be signing copies of From Where I Stand on Monday, February 13, 2012 from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at Hue-Man Bookstore in New York. All proceeds from the sale of this book will benefit the LeRoy W. Homer Jr. Foundation, which supports and encourages young adults who wish to pursue careers as professional pilots.