A Father Remembers His Sons, First Responders to Ground Zero on 9/11

StoryCorps records true stories as told by real people and then brings them to life with animation. In John and Joe, retired New York City firefighter John Vigiano Sr. describes how his two sons grew up to be a firefighter and a police detective, and gave their lives responding to the disaster on September 11. 

StoryCorps records true stories as told by real people and then brings them to life with animation. In John and Joe, retired New York City firefighter John Vigiano Sr. describes how his two sons grew up to be a firefighter and a police detective, and gave their lives responding to the disaster on September 11. 

Jason Sondhi, writing for Short of the Week, hones in on what makes StoryCorps' 9/11 Series so powerful: 

Maintaining the same vintage cartoony-style of the series, these films carry an added emotional heft due to the tragedy inherent in their stories. They are simple works, befitting the everyday lives that were nonetheless changed forever nearly 10 years ago. 

Watch Always a Family, another moving film from StoryCorps' 9/11 Series.

To watch more videos by StoryCorps, or to find out how you can create your own story, visit StoryCorps.org. You can also make a donation to support their 9/11 video series.

Kasia Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg is the executive producer for video at The AtlanticMore

Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we still save the night sky?

Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register with Disqus.

Please note that The Atlantic's account system is separate from our commenting system. To log in or register with The Atlantic, use the Sign In button at the top of every page.

blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

What Happened to the Milky Way?

Light pollution has taken away our ability to see the stars. Can we still save the night sky?

Video

The Faces of #BlackLivesMatter

Scenes from a recent protest in New York City

Video

Desegregated, Yet Unequal

A short documentary about the legacy of Boston busing

Video

Ruth Bader Ginsburg on Life

The Supreme Court justice talks gender equality and marriage.

Video

Social Media: The Video Game

What if the validation of your peers could "level up" your life?

Video

The Pentagon's $1.5 Trillion Mistake

The F-35 fighter jet was supposed to do everything. Instead, it can barely do anything.

More in Video

Just In