I Met a Woman Yesterday

Kris Romeo Bishundat

I met this kid’s parents yesterday.  I got to hear their story.

On Sept. 11, 2001, Basmattie Bishundat made a promise to her son, who was killed when American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon where he worked. She promised to her son that the day Osama bin Laden was caught – dead or alive – she would open a bottle of champagne for her son Kris Romeo Bishundat.

“I was the last one to see him alive that morning,” said Bhola Bishundat, Bishundat’s father. “He looked me straight in the face – he said have a nice day and that was it.”

Bishundat was just three days shy of his 23rd birthday. He grew up in Waldorf and had been working for the Pentagon for only three months. But on September 11, at 9:37 a.m., a plane struck the Pentagon, killing him.

On September 11, 2011 Basmattie and Bhola traveled to The Pentagon to fulfill their promise.

Jerry Nelson is a nationally recognized photojournalist. His work has appeared in many national, regional and local publications including CNN, USAToday, Upsurge, Earthwalkers and Associated Content and he is a regular contributor to Huffington Post as well as OpEdNews. Nelson travels the country seeking out the people, places and things that make America unique and great. Nelson currently is in Washington D.C. pointing his camera at OccupyDC and freelancing for The Washington Times the second largest paper in the nation’s capital.

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