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In Tribute to Melissa Harrington Hughes
31 years old.   Residence: San Francisco, Calif.
Died in World Trade Center

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I did not know Melissa, but when I heard about her, I was so touched! What a beautiful, strong woman she was, and what a lovely family she belonged to. She was very determined and driven and achieved so much in her life. I hope God gives the family strength and courage, knowing that they had brought such a beautiful person into the world. Sincere regards and heartfelt wishes to you all.

*** Posted by Jivjot Poonian on 2009-09-07 ***

Thinking of you today.

*** Posted by karrie on 2009-07-29 ***

To the Harrington and Hughes family,

I just want to say that I was deeply touched by Sean's appearance on TV as well as Melissa's message to him on that day, and I will never forget it! On Sept 11th, 08h40, I took my 2 daughters to the bus (the younger one was going for her 1st full day kindergarten, 4 years old, and the other one was in grade 2), and I had planned to go out for lunch to relax with my girlfriend! Of course, I never left my house that day, only to get my 2 beautiful daughters! It has been almost 8 years, and it seems like yesterday. My younger brother (39 years old) passed away suddenly on Sept 01, 2007 of a heart attack, and the loss we feel is profound. My thoughts are with you all. I just took a trip to NYC from Feb 27th to March 2nd and visited the WTC tribute center and was deeply touched and emotional (with my daughters, now 16 and 12)! Hope you are all taking good care of yourselves!

With Love,
Nat, Chloé et Naomi (from Montréal, Qc)

*** Posted by Nathalie Boileau on 2009-03-07 ***

Having just re-visited the site of WTC, Melissa is again in the forefront of my thoughts. I never met her, but for me she is the face of this tragedy: The phone call to her father and husband, the loss of such a young, vibrant, and brilliant life.  I suppose b/c we have somewhat parallel lives, and this loss is a constant reminder to me of how fragile and beautiful life is. Her story stays with me, a poignant reminder of the tragedy we faced that fateful September.

*** Posted by Heather (Bay Area) on 2008-10-14 ***

I think of Melissa often. I pray for Harry and Bev. I was so happy to hear they have a grandson--and for him to be born on 9-11 ... truly is a miracle.

*** Posted by Sheila Hutchinson on 2008-09-15 ***

Melissa, je ne te connaissais pas. Ta beauté m’a touchée comme elle a touchée des milliers de gens. C’est sans doute idiot, mais depuis sept ans je pense à toi, jolie petite blonde si fragile. C’est con mais j’étais heureuse enfin de trouver ton nom sur le net. Melissa sache que tu es dans le cœur de milliers de gens et que pour eux, tu es le symbole de l’amour humain, de la beauté fragile. Tu es l’amie inconnue que l’on a perdue. BY FRANCE

[Ed. - Melissa, I didn't know you. Your beauty touched me, as it has touched thousands of people. It is undoubtedly idiotic, but for seven years I have thought of you, a pretty, small, and so fragile blonde. It is silly, but I was happy finally to find your name on the Internet. Melissa, know that you are in the hearts of thousands of people, and that for them, you are the symbol of human love and of fragile beauty. You are the unknown friend we have lost.]

*** Posted by Isabelle on 2008-09-15 ***

I never knew Melissa, but remember as I recall that she was just at the Trade Center for that one day and had stayed at the Marriott the night before. So many, many people lost their lives that day, and I feel deeply for their sorrow. I felt a connection with Melissa, because my name is also Hughes, even though I know that is her married name. I saw her husband on TV and am so sorry that her young life was cut short, along with thousands of others. We all just need to pray, in general, for this world to be a better place.

*** Posted by Donna Kent Hughes on 2008-09-12 ***

I never knew Melissa, and I live in Ohio, far from both New York and her home in California, but she is in my thoughts tonight (shortly after midnight on 9-12-2008). For some reason, all of these years later, she is the one person that I still think of. Her phone call touched my heart, and even now I can hear her voice as reached out to her family. I am sure that she is one of the prettiest angels in heaven and is with her loved ones always. May all of her family and friends take comfort in knowing that they will see her again. Rest in peace, Melissa.

*** Posted by Lynn on 2008-09-12 ***

Miss you, Melissa ... your smile and energy will never be forgotten in my heart. I ache to hear your voice, but feel your spirit.


*** Posted by Jill B. (SF, CA) on 2008-09-11 ***

It is hard to believe that it has been 7 years since that day. Melissa and her family still stick with me. I think about her and Sean a lot. I keep the Harrington and Hughes families in my thoughts and prayers throughout the year! I hope that Melissa's nephew is having a happy birthday! In God We Trust!

*** Posted by Suzie Davis (Winnsboro, SC) on 2008-09-11 ***

I wanted to write to you today because, once again, I find myself thinking about Melissa. I never knew her, but out of all the victims of 9/11, I find myself remembering her story more than anyone else's. Maybe because I was also from the Bay Area, worked in San Francisco, and traveled occasionally to our offices in the WTC. So some of it may be a "there but for the grace of God" feeling. But part of it is also due to her luminous pictures, especially those taken on her wedding day, that gives one the impression that she was a fun, caring person. My deepest condolences go out to her family today and every day.

*** Posted by Suzanne on 2008-09-11 ***

As Lori, "I don't know why, of the thousands of stories and faces of 9-11", Melissa is very often on my mind.
Maybe because of her story, maybe because I'm just one year younger than her, maybe because of the gorgeous person she seemed to be.
Numerous and unknown persons often think of Melissa throughout the world as we do, and I hope that helps her family and everybody who loves her.

Axelle from France.

*** Posted by Axelle on 2008-09-11 ***

I never knew Melissa either, but her story, her husband, her father - the common connections we all have. Her life is not forgotten and even strangers are touched by the love your family emits. I pray God's love and grace covers your lives.

*** Posted by J. Edgar in Texas on 2008-09-11 ***

To Melissa and her family,
    I work in NY and as I drove in from NJ, I saw the sky divers over the site, she would have loved seeing them. I can't believe it was 7 years ago today. I went to college and Bologna with Melissa and I miss her! She always lived life to its fullest and she is missed by all that knew and loved her.

God Bless,
Melanie May

*** Posted by Melanie on 2008-09-11 ***

Melissa will never be forgotten.
my condolences to the Harrington Hughes family.
Donna Sinclair

*** Posted by Donna sinclair on 2008-09-11 ***

To Melissa and the family of Melissa Harrington Hughes,

I never knew Melissa, but as all this tribute before me have said, what a courageous gal! You were putting your family first and the love you had for them. Not too many people could have done it like that, and your inspiration keeps going on even though your life didn't after that day. Our hopes and prayers that your family is doing as well as can be expected and will always have your love in their hearts always. You are truly a hero, as all who lost their lives are. I know your husband misses you a lot and can only wait to see you again on the other side. We will never forget this angel Melissa Harrington Hughes, and you only got to live 31 years, but, oh my, what a 31 years it was! Thanks for inspiring millions who didn't even know you make better lives for themselves.

Love always and forever,
LaMar Elliott

*** Posted by LaMar Elliott on 2008-09-09 ***

I went to school with Sean and always thought he was a great guy (he was also the only person I'd ever met who routinely wore dickies, lol). I missed our ten-year reunion, but I remember seeing the pictures of him and Melissa, and I couldn't believe how beautiful she was.

I've served in the military for 16 years now, and I have been deployed 18 times since 9/11. Whenever I start to feel jaded about the war or the administration (and boy, am I jaded), I think back to being floored by the pictures of Sean's wife, the way I felt when I learned that he lost her, and the tears I cried for them both when I heard the voice mail.

There have been a lot of missteps in our efforts since 9/11, but thinking about these things keeps me going, reminds me why I'm here, and helps me remain focused. Sean, if you're out there, I think about you guys all the time--especially around this time of year--and I hope to see you at the 20-year reunion.


*** Posted by Steve Garrett on 2008-09-08 ***

It's so many years later, and yet I have never forgotten Melissa and her husband. She pops into my mind sometimes, and I make it a point to find her name in my mind. I don't know why, of the thousands of stories and faces of 9-11, that Melissa has stuck to me. If her friends and family still visit this place occasionally, I just want to say that I'm still thinking about her and remembering. I hope her husband and family are doing well.

*** Posted by lori on 2008-07-20 ***

I ran my first marathon in Feb '02 in honor of Melissa. The last 1.5 miles was so hard, and I didn't know how I would finish. Then I thought of Melissa and her courage, that brought me to the finish line. I will always remember you.

*** Posted by Jen Harrington Parks on 2007-10-16 ***


Your brother and Shannon had a baby boy born 9-11-07 at 10:05PM. A miracle.

Love ya,

*** Posted by Bob Harrington on 2007-09-23 ***

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