Sunday, September 11, 2011

10 years.

not a day passes over the earth, but men and women of no note do great deeds, speak great words and suffer noble sorrows.

-- charles reade 


today is a hard day. it seems surreal that it has been a decade since the world we live in changed, and so many heroes lost their lives. this year as the marketing & pr chair of the junior league of san francisco, i've had the honor of learning the story of melissa harrington-hughes, a san franciscan who lost her life in the north tower. ten years ago, melissa held my position in the jr. league, and by all accounts was an absolutely beloved friend, daughter, wife, and sister. she had gone to new york for one day on a quick business trip, and was stuck above the plane impact site. over the past two months i was touched by the research i did about her life, her experience that day, and her legacy. tonight my friend kelly and i watched a special on the history channel called voices from inside the towers that profiled melissa and the touching and tragic voicemail she left for her newlywed husband sean, who was still asleep in the early morning hours in san francisco. i can confidently say that i have shed more tears this year about the tragic events of 9/11 than ever before, simply because of knowing how truly special melissa was and what a beautiful person we lost that day.

to learn about the amazing life melissa lived, you can go here to read the story i wrote. there is also a page where you can donate to melissa's memorial fund, which benefits san francisco community organizations that melissa was passionate about. her legacy has touched the lives of so many, including mine.


3 comments:

Jen said...

bawling. thank you for sharing this. what a story and a woman!

Kelly Montgomery-Blanks said...

Such a beautiful young lady! Her story touched me like it did so many others, R.I.P. Melissa!! You're in Heaven with the other angels now πŸ‘ΌπŸ’–

Kelly Montgomery-Blanks said...

Such a beautiful young lady! Her story touched me like it did so many others, R.I.P. Melissa!! You're in Heaven with the other angels now πŸ‘ΌπŸ’–