Five years ago, all of our lives were changed.
I can tell you where I was and what I did on September 11, 2001. But this post is not about me. This post is about one of the 2,996 victims of that day. This is about Lisa Frost.
Lisa Frost was 22 years old, and a recent graduate of Boston University. She earned degrees in communications and business hospitality, and was a valedictorian (summa cum laude) at graduation.
While at BU, Lisa was dedicated to helping others. She worked as a student advisor and also a peer counselor. She also studied abroad in Sydney, Australia. She was described by fellow students as “intelligent,” “fun loving,” “compassionate,” and “devoted.” Professors told Lisa’s parents that she was “a gem,” and even said “I wish I could clone your daughter.” Her father, Tom Frost, called her “a perfect daughter.”
Lisa Frost was, without a doubt, a blessing to this world. On September 11, 2001, she boarded United Airlines Flight 175. She was flying home, to visit her parents in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, and then was starting a job in San Francisco.
That was not to be. Instead, terrorists hijacked Flight 175 and crashed it into the South Tower of the World Trade Center. The terrorists thought they had killed thousands and broken the American spirit. They were wrong.
Those thousands still live on in spirit, including Lisa. The community of Rancho Santa Margarita remembered Lisa with a memorial near a lake.
Lisa’s father, Tom Frost, has told people to remember Lisa through volunteering and helping others, to “bring some good out of it.” At the BU Memorial website, hundreds of comments were left by those who will always remember Lisa. She also helped inspire a technical writer’s turn to freelance, which you can find at the following:
Lisa Frost was only 22 years old when she was murdered by terrorists on that beautiful September morning. However, in those 22 years, she touched hundreds of lives and helped countless people in many ways. We should be so lucky to do the same in our lives.
Follow Tom Frost’s advice. Help someone today, volunteer, join a group dedicated to assisting others. Do it for Lisa.
Lisa, we will always remember you.
(Thank you to those who helped in this tribute, including the commenters on my previous post.)