A True American Hero and 9/11 Patriot is Captain LeRoy Homer,
the pilot of UA-93. On September 11, 2001, CAPT Homer was flying with Captain
Jason Dahl on United Flight 93. Based on information from several
sources that day, we know LeRoy and Jason were the first to fight
against the terrorist threat to the airplane.
Like Crispus Attucks, the first person shot dead by British redcoats during the Boston Massacre,
in the Revolutionary War, CAPT Homer was among the first Americans to
fight against jihad and Al Qaeda on 9/11/2001. They are both American
heroes. They were American first, and “Black” second.
CAPT Homer has received many
awards and citations posthumously, for his actions on Flight 93,
including the Congress Of Racial Equality – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Award, the Southern Christian Leadership Conference – Drum Major for
Justice Award and the Westchester County Trailblazer Award.
Not much has been said in the mainstream media about LeRoy W. Homer Jr..
an early age, LeRoy W. Homer Jr knew that he wanted to be a pilot. As a
child, LeRoy assembled model airplanes, collected aviation memorabilia
and read books on aviation. LeRoy was 15 years old when he started
flight instruction in the Cessna 152. Working part-time jobs after
school to pay for flying lessons, he completed his first solo at 16
years old, and obtained his private pilot’s certificate in 1983.
In the fall of 1983, LeRoy entered the Air Force Academy, and graduated with the Class of 1987,
31st Squadron. After completing pilot training in 1988, he was assigned
to McGuire AFB in New Jersey, flying the C-141B Starlifter. While on
active duty, LeRoy served in Desert Shield and Desert Storm, and later
supported operations in Somalia. He received many commendations, awards
and medals during his military career. In 1993, he was named the 21st
Air Force Aircrew Instructor of the Year. LeRoy achieved the rank of
Captain before his honorable discharge from active duty in 1995.
continued his military career as a reservist, initially as an
instructor pilot with the 356th Airlift Squadron at Wright Patterson
AFB, Ohio, then subsequently as an Academy Liaison Officer, recruiting
potential candidates for both the Air Force Academy and the Air Force
Reserve Officer Training Corps. During his time with the Reserves, he
achieved the rank of Major.
LeRoy continued his flying career by joining United Airlines in May 1995.
His first assignment was Second Officer on the B727. He then upgraded
to First Officer on the B757/767 in 1996, where he remained until
September 11, 2001.
September 11, 2001, was a
defining moment in American history. On that terrible day, our Nation
saw the face of evil as 19 men barbarously attacked us and wantonly
murdered people of many races, nationalities, and creeds. On Patriot
Day, we remember the innocent victims, and we pay tribute to the valiant
firefighters, police officers, emergency personnel, and ordinary
citizens who risked their lives so others might live.
attacks on 9/11, America resolved that we would go on the offense
against our enemies, and we would not distinguish between the terrorists
and those who harbor and support them. All Americans honor the selfless
men and women of our Armed Forces, the dedicated members of our public
safety, law enforcement, and intelligence communities, and the thousands
of others who work hard each day to protect our country, secure our
liberty, and prevent future attacks.
The spirit of our people is the source of America’s strength, and 6 years ago, Americans came to the aid of neighbors in need. On Patriot Day, we pray for those who died and for their families. We
volunteer to help others and demonstrate the continuing compassion of
our citizens. On this solemn occasion, we rededicate ourselves to laying
the foundation of peace with confidence in our mission and our free way
By a joint resolution approved December 18, 2001
(Public Law 107-89), the Congress has designated September 11 of each
year as “Patriot Day.”
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, do hereby proclaim September 11, 2007, as Patriot Day.
I call upon the Governors of the United States and the Commonwealth of
Puerto Rico, as well as appropriate officials of all units of
government, to direct that the flag be flown at half-staff on Patriot
Day. I also call upon the people of the United States to observe Patriot
Day with appropriate ceremonies, activities, and remembrance services,
to display the flag at half-staff from their homes on that day, and to
observe a moment of silence beginning at 8:46 a.m. eastern daylight time
to honor the innocent Americans and people from around the world who
lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks of September 11,
the loss of life on 9/11 and subsequent heartache was tremendous, we
can be thankful that these misguided individuals were unsuccessful. They
brought down the World Trade Center, but not the White House. Captain
LeRoy Homer would rather die than fly his UA-93 jumbo jet into the White
House. It is because of Captain LeRoy Homer and others that the White
House is still standing today. There is no “Ground Zero” in Washington,
DC because of Captain LeRoy Homer.