A Father Remembers His Two Sons Who Were Lost on 9/11

“John Vigiano Sr. is a retired New York City firefighter whose two sons followed him into service—John Jr. was a firefighter, too, and Joe was a police detective. On September 11, 2001, both Vigiano brothers responded to the call from the World Trade Center, and both were killed while saving others. Here, John Sr. remembers his sons and reflects on coping with his tremendous loss.”

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Mark Nelson September 10, 2011 at 11:46 pm

In three minutes, that video reduced me from a normal person to a sobbing wreck. For whatever reason, I never felt profoundly affected before by the events of 9/11. I was sad, yes, for that terrible loss of life — but never like this. This brought it home for me.

Alec Moore September 12, 2011 at 9:18 am

i was a child when 9/11 happened and i therefore, have had a hard time feeling directly affected by this traadgedy. this video definitly helped to bring it home.

Wesley September 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

Seeing this video really brings it all back. I know in this day and age, I’m supposed to want to hold hands with my fellow man on 9/11, during memorials, but honestly, thinking about it just makes me angry.

To this day, I still don’t truly understand why those Muslims attacked us. I know we gave them weapons to fight the invading Russians a few decades ago, but beyond that, I don’t think we did much for or against anyone in Afghanistan. The country looks pretty desolate from what I’ve seen, and not of much interest to anyone. Seems like they just wanted to kill us because we live different lives. Perhaps they felt like we owed them something, somehow…I don’t know.

Sure, we fought back, but I feel very little gratification in that victory. We beat a few guys in robes, walking their camels…yay? 9/11 still feels like the war that should have been…at least, for me.

I’m glad John Vigiano Sr. was able to make his peace with the result of the attack, and I think this video is deeply meaningful. Thanks for posting it.

Julio September 12, 2011 at 1:48 pm

First of all, this is a great project. I love the idea. The video itself was great. It really brings you back. Ten years ago doesn’t feel like a minute when you watch this video.
As for Wesley, I simply want to agree with him. I am muslim, and I don’t understand either. The US has done very little against those people, and not a single thing warrants war, even islamically speaking. I guess that this happened for one simple reason-evil does exist. Not everyone is good at heart. Some people simply enjoy the suffering of others.
Osama’s death hasn’t done much for me, either, btw. It still feels hollow.

Aaron White September 12, 2011 at 3:39 pm

Great video.

As for the other comments, Afghanistan, and Afghani people didn’t attack the US. It was just a terrorist group working from there. Afghanistan was just used as a safe haven by Al Qeada as a point to hold their training camps, and be able to move around with relative safety from the outside world. The Taliban wasn’t going to kick them out, especially not with how wealthy Osama Bin Laden was.
Unfortunately, while you can get rid of terrible people, you can’t even get rid of all the terrible people. There will always be someone who just wants everything, and are willing to kill or hurt anyone to get what they want. Terrorism is just an idea that i don’t feel you can ever really win a war against. You can get rid of some of the soldiers, but there will be new ones. You just have to do your best to help others, and keep yourself safe from the threat.

Frank September 12, 2011 at 5:34 pm

I’ve gotta agree with Julio and Aaron, and to some degree Wesley. There’s been a ton of speculation of reasons and complexities, but I don’t think we’ll ever really understand why Al Quaeda decided to attack us. I also think its kind of moronic to fight a war against an idea, like terrorism, or violence, or drugs. You fight wars against other countries, people, things you can actually conquer. There is no way to stop an idea. As long as there is inequality in the world, there will always be terrorism. The president apologizing to the rest of the world or refusing to salute the flag will not change that, and its rather childish to begin with.

Lori Wells May 30, 2013 at 9:12 pm

I saw this video late at night, right before going to bed. I only just caught it and didn’t know what it was leading to. I laughed at the father’s affectionate narrations when speaking of his two sons, giggling until I heard him mention the date Sept 10. At that moment I covered my mouth and said, “Oh no. Please don’t tell me…” By the end of the narration I was sobbing. This was beautifully done, and I feel blessed, in a way, that I didn’t know what this happy family story was leading to. For a moment I was able to feel the grace and happiness of this family before they lost so terrible much. Thank you, Mr John Vigiano Sr. for sharing your two wonderful sons with us. I wish, with all my heart, they were still part of this world. It has most certainly been a better one for their having been in it.

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