Thursday, September 10, 2009

Project 2,996 - 9/11 Tribute

Tara Yvette Hobbs

Today, September 11, 2009, I remember Tara Yvette Hobbs. Tara was 31 when she was prematurely taken from her friends and family. She worked for Aon Corp. on the 98th floor of Tower 2. She was the youngest of five children growing up and was reportedly very close to her siblings, especially her sister Sherian. Tara, her boyfriend, and Sherian were all three very close and spent a lot of time together and made plans for the future. It seems as though no matter what they did, as long as it was together, that was good for them. According to, Tara was known as the “email queen” because she was always keeping in touch with all the people in her life and loved to get together with friends and family.

As I researched Tara, I noticed that instead of researching a victim, I was getting to know a person. Everything I read about Tara was that she was full of life, fun, vibrant, very social, and seemed to always be surrounded by loved ones. I can’t help but think that Tara would be the type of person I would have loved to have had as a friend. The notes left by loved ones on tribute sites are filled with so much love and kind words that you cannot help but understand what a “bright star” Tara was to the people she knew and loved.

Today, we always look back and remember those souls lost on that September day. I’ve had the honor now to get to know two of them through my participation in Project 2996. And hopefully Tara’s friends and family know that her spirit lives on out here with the rest of us. And through Project 2996 Tara will make new friends every year around this time. I can't help but smile knowing that she would love that!

Tara Hobbs, today you are remembered, though you will never be forgotten.


Alison said...

I too am a part of Project 2996. Thank you for posting a wonderful tribute today. I have read so many as I remember...

Tara Hobbs is one of those names that I will always brother-in-law's name is Hobson, and each year when they read the names from ground zero, I see her name and her picture while waiting for his name to be read. It's sad how familiar all of these names are to me after 8 years. Thank you again.

Alicia said...

Thank you for a lovely tribute. I honor Christopher Paul Slattery.