Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Project 2996: A tribute to 9/11 victim Anna Williams Allison

Today I am writing a special post in participation with Project 2996. This project is the brainchild of a fellow blogger, designed to honor the lives of the people who died in the terrorist attacks of 9/11.

Project 2996 is intended to celebrate the lives of the people who perished on that tragic day. To remember the victims as people, not just a list on a page. This is a tribute to Anna Williams Allison.

By all accounts, Anna Williams Allison was a woman who lived life to the fullest. An energetic adventurer with an independent streak, Anna, 48, wanted to see the world.

Shortly before the 9/11/ 2001, Anna and her husband Blake—a wine appreciation instructor at the Cambridge Center in Massachusetts—traveled through France. During their journey, they visited Paris and Alsace. In a quest to do it all, the happy couple also visited Champagne, where Champagne is made and Burgundy, where Beaujolais is produced.

Anna's husband Blake remembers her optimistic attitude: Every day was a new opportunity for her. Because there were new opportunities, there was always hope of doing something good. That's the way she lived her life.

Blake especially wanted people to remember Anna’s infectious laugh. He says: If she got going it just consumed her body and her being. She convulsed with laughter. You couldn't help but hear that and feel a lift of spirit.

I am honored to be a part of Project 2996. Researching about Anna Williams Allison touched me. My tribute cannot adequately convey this woman’s zest for life and positive outlook. She is more than words on a page, more than a name on a 2996-long list; she is a real person. I'm sure if I'd had the good fortune to meet Anna, we would have been friends.  



  1. Beautiful tribute, Langley -- thank you so much for writing this.

  2. She sounds amazing. How sad she's no longer with us.

  3. Great write for a great project. Kudos.

  4. Such a sad day. I just learned about my niece's fiance's dad who got sick and stayed home from work on the day the planes hit his office in the twin towers. I wish she had gotten sick that day too because she sounds like she was a wonderful lady.


  5. What a great project - and thanks for sharing. So many wonderful people died that day, the world is poorer for losing them.

  6. THis is such a great project. I'm glad you're participating in it. It's always great to honor those who have passed on--especially those whose lives were taken too soon. Thanks for sharing this!



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