Friday, September 11, 2009


Today, at My Brand Name Baby, we are taking the time to honor the victims of 9/11 and specifically, Debra "Debbie" Marie Paris. Debbie was a victim of terrorism and died on September 11, 2001 in New York City at the age of 48.

While I never met Debbie, I have been researching her life and legacy, and I cannot help thinking that I would have liked to meet this hardworking, spunky gal from New York.

In a memorial post by Sandra Pascale she wrote of meeting Debbie through work and of the many laughs they shared together. She is quoted as saying "The depth of my sorrow cannot be measured. Her laughter still echoes in my heart. I will never forget her."

Debbie was an executive assistant at Sandler O'Neill, in the World Trade Center. Colleagues described her as being one of a kind. She was the type of employee, and type of person, that could be trusted to get the job done well. Her work ethic and determination also showed in her work as her husband, Jimmy's, music manager. He has been quoted as saying "She was like my wife, my child, my mother, my best friend, and I was a husband and father and child and brother to her." He also complimented her by saying "she looked 15 years younger than she was".

Debbie was considered full of fun, laughter, and energy by many that knew her. Her beauty, inside and out, is missed by her family and friends.

Debbie Paris had her life cut short on that terrible day eight years ago, but I have no doubt that her legacy of joy lives on in the hearts and minds of many.

While I'm certain my words don't do her justice, I hope that this post will encourage you to think a good thought or say a prayer for Debbie and her loved ones today.

Today, and always, we remember the 2996 people that died on September 11, 2001 and the more than 5000 US Military members that have died in the years since, fighting the wars on terror. Your families are always in our thoughts and in our prayers.

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This post was made possible thanks to the effforts of Dale Challener Roe and Project 2996. Please visit the Project 2996 website to read stories of other 9/11 victims and their families.