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

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.

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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.

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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.

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