9-11-01 is one of those days where you remember exactly where you were.

I was on vacation, and had flown home from JFK in New York and landed at LAX around 10pm the night of September 10th.  

The morning of September 11th my boyfriend (and now husband) Tim, woke me up at 6am telling me that I had to come and look at the TV.

I saw the North Tower of the World Trade Center on fire.

My stomach churned because just a few days before I had been standing on the observation deck of the South Tower of the World Trade center visiting some friends in the city.

A few minutes later, the unthinkable happened, the South Tower was also hit by a plane.  It was terrifying to see and you just knew at that moment, we were under attack.

My immediate thoughts were to my family and friends who worked in the city, some of which worked INSIDE one of the World Trade Center towers.  Watching what was happening was heartbreaking especially not knowing if they were ok, as the hours went by, we heard little by little from our family members that they were ok, but trapped in the city with no way to get home.

As far as friends, some of whom I had not spoken to in awhile, it was harder to get information about them, and it wasn't until later that I found out which friends were ok...and which weren't.

My mom has known John and Virginia Vigiano for many, many years, and I remember their only children, John and Joseph Vigiano from my childhood, the boys were a few years older than me.  

On 9/11/01, John Jr was a New York city firefighter, his younger brother Joseph was an NYPD Detective.

On that day, the brothers did what they do, they headed to the World Trade Center to help.

It was there, that both brothers lost their life, and their parents lost their only children.

John Jr and Joseph both left behind wives and children that day, some of their children have since followed in their father's footsteps to serve their city and their country. 

If you have 30 minutes, watch the documentary below that follows the Vigiano Brothers on that fateful day.  Rest in peace brothers.  #NeverForget