"2,996 is a tribute to the victims of 9/11. On September 11, 2006, 2,996 volunteer bloggers will join together for a tribute to the victims of 9/11.Each person will pay tribute to a single victim. We will honor them by remembering their lives,and not by remembering their murderers. "When I signed up for this a few weeks ago, the system there automatically assigned for me a victim to honor and remember. In conjuction with 3,310 other bloggers this week, each and every victim of 9/11 will be remembered.
We all remember what we were doing that morning, where we were standing or sitting, what was said, and the immediate shock and unbelief that washed over us. We all remember the the tears that began to flow, and we all remember feeling so helpless. This week, let's just take some time and remember the people who were there:
His name was John.
John T. Vigiano, age 36, to be exact. John was a resident of West Islip, N.Y., and was killed at the WTC. John was a member of the NYFD.
Obviously, I didn't know John. Many did though, and I wanted to make sure you got to know him a little better too. Sadly, John wasn't the only family member lost on 9/11 to the Vigiano family. His brother, a Joseph a NYC detective, also lost his life that day.
Like the Naudet brothers' 9/11, Twin Towers began as a documentary about New York City's public safety workers and became a relevant record of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Law and Order producer Dick Wolf was looking for a new reality show and found a perfect, exciting group to film: NYPD Emergency Services Squad 3. This elite force is on call for a variety of extreme situations--armed sieges, rescues on ice, climbing massive bridges to help potential jumpers--making it a natural for Wolf's type of TV show. The program never aired, but the footage shot is the backbone for this Oscar-winning documentary short. The squad--who always wants to be first to the scene--took a heavy blow when the twin towers collapsed: 14 men died, including Joseph Vigiano, a talented officer who had roots in public service (his dad and brother were firefighters). In a brief 33 minutes, we hear from father John Sr. and the men of squad C about the brothers, the job, and that fateful September day. The film doesn't have the verisimilitude of 9/11 nor is it a dynamic film; it feels more like an excellently produced segment of a TV news magazine. Yet this tribute is unquestionably moving, effective, and a testament to everyday heroes. --Doug Thomas