Chaplain Returns From A Cruise To A Post-9/11 World

  • Playlist
  • Download
  • Embed
    <iframe src="" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

On Sept. 11, 2001, Sue Asher was on a cruise ship. Once she flew back to the U.S., Asher, who is a chaplain, was faced with the harsh realities of a post-9/11 world. Asher, who lives in New Haven, Conn., tells us about one particular memory that stands out from that time.

SUE ASHER: My name is Sue Asher, and I'm from New Haven, Connecticut. And I was actually on a cruise on 9/11. We were supposed to come back on that Thursday, but they ended up holding us, and so it's around midnight on Friday. And I think we were one of the first - maybe the second plane to land at JFK. It was very deserted.


ASHER: And I ended up, several months later, coming down - I'm a chaplain. And after the memorial service at 9/11 with the president, families went out to the different centers to get a flag and the urn. And there was a little girl there, and I just walked up to her and the common question was (unintelligible). And she said, my daddy was the pilot on the second plane. And I was just overwhelmed. And she asked me if a part of her daddy's plane would be in the urn.

GUY RAZ, Host:

Sue Asher lives in New Haven, Connecticut.



Copyright © 2011 NPR. All rights reserved. Visit our website terms of use and permissions pages at for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio.



Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

NPR thanks our sponsors

Become an NPR sponsor

Support comes from