Thursday, September 07, 2006
My step-cousin, Welles Crowther, was a genuine hero, in the self-sacrificial sense, on September 11, 2001. There is a moving story about him in The Journal News this morning.
Even now, five years after his death, Alison Crowther is still hearing tales from Sept. 11 survivors of the heroism demonstrated by her son as the World Trade Center crumbled.
Those accounts of the man with the red bandanna fill her with pride and admiration for her son's courage and selflessness. But they also leave her with a sense of sadness that Welles Crowther, 24, saved so many others, but not himself.
Read the whole thing, and ask yourself whether the lesson of Welles' heroism would not have been a lot less defeatist than the story Oliver Stone chose to tell.