September 11 Animated Shorts by Story Corps


I'm a huge fan of Story Corps and how they share and preserve stories of ordinary people (I've already featured their work twice before). Although it is an organisation that aims to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs an opportunity to record their stories, I find it so universal and living halfway aross the world, I'm always moved by the stories I hear.  

For the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Story Corps has put together the following three animated shorts to remember and honour the lives lost on that day. 

Always a Family

On the morning of September 11th, Michael Trinidad called his ex-wife, Monique Ferrer, from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center's North Tower to say goodbye. In the wake of his death, Monique tells the story of Michael's lasting legacy—the family they built together. 

She Was the One 

When Richie Pecorella met Karen Juday, she captured his heart and changed his life. They were engaged and living together in Brooklyn when Karen was killed in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, where she worked as an administrative assistant. Here, Richie remembers Karen, his love and inspiration. 

John and Joe 

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.