Simon Kennedy

This Friday, Aug. 5, 2011 photo shows Simon Kennedy backstage at Selina’s nightclub in Sydney. Kennedy’s mother, Yvonne, died on Sept. 11, 2001 when terrorists crashed her plane into the Pentagon. “Mum was not ‘a hero of freedom’ as I heard someone describe it once,” he says. “She was in the wrong place at the wrong time.” Yvonne Kennedy had handed the itinerary for her North American vacation to her son with trademark black humor. “This is just in case the terrorists get me,” the 62-year-old Australian said – as she always did – before she set out on her adventure, a retirement gift she’d given herself after a nearly 30-year career with the Red Cross. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)