Lisa Beamer to Share Her Story at Willow Creek Later This Month

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Byline: Eric Peterson

The nation is preparing to mark the dark anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the East Coast, and the Barrington area's own participation in these remembrances will not be slight or insignificant.

Lisa Beamer, the widow of the inspirational Todd Beamer who made the phrase "Let's roll!" a motto of defiance for a country unwilling to play the role of a victim, will appear Aug. 24 and 25 at Willow Creek Community Church in South Barrington.

Willow Creek Teaching Pastor John Ortberg will interview Beamer about her personal story of coping with the tragedy that took her husband and left her to raise three children on her own during the 5 and 7 p.m. services Aug. 24 and the 9 and 11:15 a.m. services Aug. 25.

The services are free and open to all members of the public.

Todd Beamer's Flight 93 from Newark to San Francisco was the only hijacked plane on Sept. 11 to be brought down by passengers without striking a terrorist target. It crashed instead in an empty field in Pennsylvania.

Lisa Beamer has created the Todd M. Beamer Foundation to help children who lost a parent in the terrorist attacks and will be talking about the foundation as well as her new book "Let's Roll" at Willow Creek.

Beamer also will appear on television several times earlier that week, including "Dateline" Aug. 20, "Larry King Live" Aug. 21 and "Today" Aug. 23.

Facing their fears: Helping young children deal with the potential trauma and questions that may accompany their seeing the televised retrospectives of Sept. 11 will be the goal of a program for parents and teachers Sept. 4 at Health World Children's Museum.

The one-hour program on the psychological and social aspects of children's terrorism-related fears will start at 6:30 p. …