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Monday, September 11, 2006

I remember Anna Williams Allison

Anna Williams Allison

Anna Williams Allison sounds like she was a very astute and capable woman. A successful software developer, she went on to create her own consulting company in Boston. On top of all that, she was busy as a writer, trainer and speaker in her field.

Nearly every place I looked to research her life has this same sentence, "When Anna Allison and her husband flew together, they held hands on takeoffs and landings, just in case." I can see them doing this, what a sweet and poignant testament to the relationship they'd shared.

I didn't know Anna, but from everything I've read I can honestly say that I wish I had. She seemed a promising mixture of can-do determination with a down to earth sentimental disposition. She made the most of her abilities, and helped others to do the same. She is the kind of person that I would feel blessed to count among my friends.

It's hard to wrap my brain around the idea that a person with as full of a life, and as much potential as Anna could be taken from us all. Then when I consider the 2,995 others that we lost on the same day, there's just no way to even comprehend it. I don't have anything wise, helpful or witty to say on this subject; I am overpowered by this circumstance.

I do want to let Anna's family know, though, that there are still those of us out here who keep her and the others in our hearts, and who think about them still. You are in my family's prayers, as always.

I remember Anna Williams Allison.
American Airlines Flight 11, World Trade Center
September 11, 2001

To read more tributes, go to the 2996 Project.

Please also stop by my other tribute, I remember Sharon Carver.


What a beautiful tribute.

Mine is at
I came to remember.
Great Tribute Jen!
SHe does sound like an amazing women! It was hard form me to read... then I saw the tribute on your side bar with the pictures and I just lost it.... It is so hard to let this all sink in..
Great tribute to this fine lady. What a tragic day that was. Thank you for sharing for for stopping by my 9/11.
That is a wonderful tribute.
I wish I'd have known all of them. Thanks for writing this moving tribute.

Very well done - thank you for introducing us to and helping us remember Anna Williams Allison.

That's a beautiful tribute! I kept meaning to sign up, but by the time a got there (Not very long ago) they were all taken! Thanks goodness others are more on the ball than me!
Well done, Jen. A beautiful tribute.

I honor William Krukowski.
Great Tribute, and I'm honored to get to know another person.
What a great tribute to a wonderful woman. You did her family proud by remembering her.
Thanks for the tribute, Jen!
This is a beautiful tribute, Jen. Thanks for stopping by over at my place to read my tribute as well. It's so sad, the loss we still have as a country after 5 years. But it is important to remember as well, as we continue to battle the evil that caused this to happen 9/11/01. Thanks for honoring someone who was taken from us too soon!
Another great tribute. Thank You!
What a wonderful tribute to a remarkable really touched my heart.
A truly beautiful tribute to an amazing sounding lady.

My tribute can be found at
I love how you added a small token of your own feelings to Anna's family.

Beautiful tribute
This was a lovely tribute. They are getting harder and harder to read. I am honoring Teresa Martin today!
Thank you for remembering on this day.
Thanks for writing about Anna, I loved the bit about them holding hands.
Thank you for writing this.

I remember Thomas Patrick Farrelly and the 2,995 others.
This is a touching tribute. But it
is so sad to think of all those fine people who were cut down.

On my rear view mirror, I still carry a dogtag honoring
Michael Weinberg FDNY. I can't see myself ever taking it down.
What a great tribute...what a wonderful woman.

My tribute is up as well.
A beautiful tribute. She does sound like someone who would have been a great friend to have had. Thank you for sharing.
My husband and I hold hands on take-offs and landings too. My tribute is posted as well.
You've put into words what I'm thinking. So many wonderful people just stolen from us.
Wonderful Tribute!
Thank you.
These are sad and hard to read....
I am honored to be a part of this project.
Mine is posted also...

The 2996 link is down. I have a new link on my site to view the participants.

The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort,
but where he stands at times of challenge
and controversy. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Bless you...

We will NOT forget!
(=':'=) hugs
(")_ (")Š from da Cool Raggedy one
Very nice tribute. Came here via interstellarlass.
That she and her husband held hands on planes is so bittersweet. Thanks for this tribute and for sharing Anna's life with us.

I remember Lt. Charles William Garbarini.
Great tribute! Thank you for remembering - my tribute can be found at
A stirring tribute, Jen. Well written.
Well written. Well said.

This is such a hard thing to understand. Why anyone would do this to innocent people. I have to admit, though, I hope I don't ever get it.

My tribute is for Matthew David Yarnell.
Very well written tribute. Thank you for sharing with us a remarkable woman. I pray for peace for her family. This, as difficult as it has been for some, 2996 is a blessing to many of us to come to know the people and not just their names.
great post! bless you
and all the families for whom this is a very hard day. I am proud to know so many took the time to write beautiful tributes. AND proud of DALE ROE also!
What a nice tribute, thank you.

Faina's Tribute
Thank you for the beautiful tribute to Anna.

I am proudly remembering Shawn Edward Bowman at

Erin (masquerading as Bigger_daddy)
Anna Williams was a woman who lived her life to the fullest. Thank you for sharing her beautiful life with us.

Thanks for visiting my tribute at
Thank you for remembering Anna.

To read a tribute to Mary Lou Hague please stop by
Thank you for your wonderful tribute. Together I hope we can bring real faces and stories to the names.
I came over from Trinity's site and write a tribute myself. I had a difficult time finding the write words and your sentence about how you're overpowered by the circumstances really hit home. Touching post.
Beautiful woman, beautiful tribute. So many...

I remember Ana Centeno
Your words mean so much since I never knew Anna. Thank you for contributing.
Thank you, Jen. Great job.
your tribute is worded perfectly! there's nothing to say that can make it all better or change the outcome. such a sad day and reading all the tributes has been so touching. thanks for sharing yours and god bless us all.
Oh yes, and today I remember Jeffrey Earle LeVeen.
Very nice tribute. So many of these people lost I wish I had known.
Very nice, Jen.

Sweet, personal and touching.

Very nice, Jen.

Sweet, personal and touching.

That was a good tribute. Was she on one of the planes or in the WTC?
Such a heart-felt tribute. You painted such a great picture of her and what she must have been like.
Hi Jen. That was lovely. A fine tribute to a good woman.

And I thank you for your timely blogger tips. I am clueless. You help was heaven sent.
Jen, A wonderful tribute on Anna Allison. Thank you for taking the time to do this tribute on a 9/11 Hero.

The 2,996 Tribute projects is such a great idea to remember those who lost their lives, that they won’t be forgotten. That was a horrible day and tragic event. I did a tribute to Chief Battalion William J. McGovern, firefighter.

I have an alternate link as the 2,996 original link is down at the moment.
What a lovely tribute! Thank you for participating. These people are no longer just a name to us anymore.

Mine's up.
I think you did an amazing tribute, and I do think her family would be proud...I think your words spoke volumes about her...thanks so much
I remembered Vincent Cangelosi
Oh well, duh...there it is. My beloved son woke me up at 4:30 and my brain is still reeling.

You're right, you weren't on the protected list. That's been rectified. My whole list went kaput a week or so ago and I had to reconstruct it. You're there now.
Great Tribute.
As I continuously keep visiting sites with tribute, it makes my heart bleed for all the victims and brings tears to my eyes as I recall all these young people losing their lives to something beyond their control. These cruel people who caused the tragedy just didn't care about these innocent lives, lives with yet unfulfilled dreams, lives who may have been depended upon by their loved ones. My sympathy goes to all the victims' family of these Sept. 11/2001 tragedy. My heart will always have a special place for all of you.
Thanks for passing by and sharing your tributes.
I am now on Day Three of reading the tributes. Thank you for your beautiful contribution...

Tribute to Christopher Paul Slattery
Hi Jen,

I knew Anna as a professional colleague. The last time I saw her a few months before 9/11 she came up to me at a conference I was managing and thanked me for inviting her to speak. She was just starting to build her business and was so helpful to others. I was glad that I had the chance to be a tiny part of her success. It gave me great joy to see that she loved doing what she did. We lost a shining star in Anna.

Randy Rice
Hi Jen,

I knew Anna as a professional colleague. The last time I saw her a few months before 9/11 she came up to me at a conference I was managing and thanked me for inviting her to speak. She was just starting to build her business and was so helpful to others. I was glad that I had the chance to be a tiny part of her success. It gave me great joy to see that she loved doing what she did. We lost a shining star in Anna.
Another beautiful tribute.

Well done, Jen.

These were real people we lost that day. It is so hard to imagine it even still.
A lovely and heartfelt tribute. Thank you for sharing.

I remember Sheila Hein.
Jen, you are right... "I didn't know Anna, but from everything I've read I can honestly say that I wish I had."

I believe that this Project has taken on a miraculous life of it's own. Those that wrote a tribute feel very protective of the memory of that person. I'm so grateful that you carry the flame of light for Anna and Sharon. With your tribute, we will remember them and not forget.

I remember Marion Britton.

Thanks for remebering.
Thanks for posting this. I've been thinking of Anna a lot in the past couple of days. I didn't know her very well, but she was one of several people who interviewed me for what would become one of the best jobs I've ever had: blunt, straightforward, and funny. In other words, intimidating to a young interviewee! But she was unfailingly generous with helpful advice over the year and a half I worked in the department with her. Our whole department was shattered over her death, though she hadn't been working with us at the time.
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