Every year I join the Project 2996 in doing a tribute to one of the victims of 9/11. This year I chose James L. Hobin randomly from the bottom of the list.
James L. Hobin lived in Marlborough Connecticut and was married to his high school sweetheart for 21 years. They had two children, Sean and Derrick. James spent was very much a family man and spent a lot of time with his family. He coached little league for over 20 years and became the President of the Marlborough Youth Athletic League. He liked to play golf and had many many friends who cherished him. He also doted over his mother who lived in New London. His friends and family say that he was soft spoken, funny, and always there to lend a hand when needed.
James worked as Vice President of the Marsh and McLennan Cos., Inc. in Connecticut but was in the company's office at the World Trade Center, 99th floor of Tower 1, for a meeting on that fateful day of September 11, 2001. His family watched the news and kept vigil all that day and the next hoping that he would be found but it wasn't meant to be. He never came out of the rubble.
May his spirit live on in the hearts of his friends and family and to all of America. James, you have not died in vain. We hold you close to our hearts and we will never forget that day. We are still fighting for you.
Note: On 9/11 I was at home with my kids homeschooling and I remember just crying and crying and watching as each plane crashed. I recorded 6 hours of CNN that day on VHS. I haven't watched it since then.