Kristin Hannah once said “If I have learned anything in this long life of mine it is this: in love we find out who we want to be; in war we find out who we are.” Isaac Francois’s flight to the United States, to become a citizen, was scheduled for September 11, 2001. His flight was grounded because of the devastating events of that day. When Issac, eventually arrived, in New York, he was concerned about how he would be received. Isaac spoke of how he received acceptance and love from our country’s citizens. In return, in 2004, Issac Francois joined the Navy, to serve and show his love for his new country.
In a ceremony to be presented with his new home, Isaac asked that everyone take a moment of silence to remember all the fallen heroes of 911. During his speech, Isaac was moved to tears, when he spoke of the day when, as a Navy corpsman, working for the Marines, he was injured in the line of duty. “My (military family) and I landed in Afghanistan (2008), and it wasn’t long until things went south.” Since that day Isaac Francois has had several surgeries to restore blood flow to his legs and has experienced PTSD.
One might not even know the difficulty Issac has experienced, because the day he and his family received his home, he was practically beaming with joy and pride. “I can’t believe they have picked me!” he stated. He received the house 19 years to the day after he was first scheduled to arrive in the U.S. from his native Haiti
On the anniversary of September, 11, 2020, Isaac and his family received a debt free home from “Building Homes for Heroes”, a nonprofit organization that after the events of 911, started building homes for heroes. According to presenters at the ceremony the organization, approximately, builds a new home every eleven days. “Building Homes for Heroes”, with the help of local builders, contractors and sponsors, made the dream of an American soldier and his family come true.
Isaac Francois thanked all the contributors and promised to cherish the home on all of their behalf. If friends and family are an indicator of who we are, Mr. Francois is truly an illustrious citizen. The Francois family of five was joined by their extended family, contractors, and contributors. The State Troopers, and Sheriff’s Dept. joined local contributors to give the family a parade in their honor. As a neighbor in the Chesapeake Ranch Estates, I couldn’t be more proud to have the Francois Family join our town of Lusby.
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Jen Wallace Magee / Calvert Beacon Intern