It was the 20th Anniversary of 9/11 on Saturday, September 11th, 2021. The anniversary of the September 11 attacks provide the families of the victims an opportunity to have their loved ones remembered. Before the victims’ families were given celebrity status or became part of news headlines, they were regular people, mothers and fathers.
Todd Beamer’s wife became a widow and a single parent because of the 9/11 attacks. Following her husband’s death, she wanted to ensure that his legacy lived on. Here’s a look at who Lisa Beamer is and where she is today.
Who was Todd Beamer?
Todd Beamer was one of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks which took place on the morning of Tuesday, September 11th, 2001.
Todd was on a United Airlines Flight 93 heading to San Francisco which was one of four planes that were overtaken by terrorists and crashed. He died in the crash at the age of 32.
On the 20th Anniversary of 9/11, Lisa Beamer spoke at Wheaton College Chapel. She said that in the 72 hours following her husband’s death he’d become a national hero.
Who was Todd Beamer’s wife?
Todd Beamer married his wife Lisa in 1994. The couple were both Wheaton College graduates and, as per her speech at Wheaton College, said: “We were grateful for the existence that God had given us. The fact that our life was a gift with a purpose.”
Todd and Lisa graduated from Wheaton in 1991 went on to have careers in software sales.
Lisa was a mother to David and Drew before 9/11 and, at the time, was pregnant with their third child, a daughter named Morgan.
As per PennLive, Lisa made 200 public appearances in the six months after the attacks. She described the events following Todd’s death as “divinely orchestrated chaos“. Lisa said that everyone from Oprah to CNN to The White House wanted to talk to her and added: “The phone rang nonstop for days and weeks.“
Where is Lisa Beamer today?
Following her husband’s death in 2001, Lisa was thrust into the media spotlight.
Today, she still ensures that her husband’s legacy lives on by speaking at their college, Wheaton, on the anniversary of 9/11.
In 2003, she co-wrote a book – Let’s Roll!: Ordinary People, Extraordinary Courage. She also formed a foundation in her husband’s name and has been raising their three children as a single parent. Today, all three of Todd and Lisa’s children are said to have attended Wheaton College. Morgan is now 19, Drew, 21, and David, 23 years old.
Lisa appears to have a privatised Instagram account and looks to opt for a life away from the media spotlight in 2021.