The Rauch Brothers’ animated StoryCorps shorts always tug at the heartstrings, even if they’re hilarious, but their most recent crop of films honoring the victims of 9/11 are especially moving. In “Always a Family,” Monique Ferrer shares of the moment her ex-husband, Michael Trinidad, called her from the 103rd floor of the World Trade Center’s North Tower to say goodbye and tells the story of Michael’s lasting legacy — the family they built together. In “She Was the One,” Richie Pecorella remembers his fiance Karen Juday, who was killed in the towers, where she worked as an administrative assistant.
I was in New York on 9/11, and as much as I will never forget that day, I agree with city Mayor Mike Bloomberg when he says after ten years, it’s time to move forward and to stop referring to the World Trade Center site as Ground Zero. My heart goes out to all the victims and their families, but I think it’s time for our national obsession with the tragedy to give way to the more personal remembrances found in the beautiful stories below.