In honor of the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks against the United States, StoryCorps has launched a very intimate and touching tribute to lives lost via an animated short series. Working together with The Rauch Brothers (who directed each short), StoryCorps sat down with people who lost a loved one that day and recorded their story. The result are these beautiful animated shorts that are bound to rough up your heart a bit, so watch at your own risk.
Descriptions via StoryCorps
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.
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.
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.