Monday, September 11, 2017

Why I'm thinking of this girl today

Every year, I think of her on this day: Melissa Renée Vincent. Her face comes to me at other times, too, especially when I visit Hoboken, NJ, where we both once lived. She was one of 674 New Jersey residents to die on 9/11.

I didn't know her. I'd seen her face on "Missing" posters all around town in the days and then weeks following 9/11. Finally, a few years ago, I looked her up and vowed to always remember her.

This year, in memory of Melissa, I donated to the Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund, which provides educational assistance for postsecondary study to dependents of people killed or disabled as a result of 9/11.

She would have turned 45 on October 24, this beautiful girl.

I will not forget.


  1. I appreciated the reminder about Families of Freedom Scholarship Fund.

    45! Ah, so she was 29 when she died...

  2. Her Grandparents lived next to my Dad..She was a beautiful young lady♡


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