During the Labor Day weekend 10 years ago, two Lee’s Summit residents chose to spend the holiday with family.
Randy Drake, who was 37, went to his parents’ house on the Lake of the Ozarks and participated, along with many of his 12 siblings, in their so-called Drake Ski Show – an annual effort to see how many family members could ski behind a single boat. (The record is 13).
Julie Geis, 44, went back home to Beaver Crossing, Neb., and helped put in a flower garden outside the sunroom being built for her father, who had Alzheimer’s disease.
Then, business called both Drake and Geis to New York City, and on Sept. 11, 2001, both were mortally wounded in the terrorist attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center.