Five years ago this morning I was driving to work and listening to the sportstalk station in Houston. They broke off their interview with the coach of the Rice football team to tell us that a plane had struck one of the towers of the World Trade Center. I was convinced it was an accident, but later when a second place hit the other tower, no one could deny that it was a deliberate attack.
That same day a young man from Manhasset, NY got up and went to his job with the TradeSpark sales division of Cantor Fitzgerald in the World Trade Center. He was 23 years old. He had attended Villanova University and graduated in 2000 from the business school. That morning he took even more particular care with his appearance and wore a blue shirt because he had a sales meeting later that day. His mother remarked that he always took great care with his appearance and even when he went kayaking with friends his T-shirts were "crisp and spotless".
From his childhood where he attended Chaminade High School through Villanova and then at Cantor Fitzgerald Matthew was known for his humor and his joy for life. He was especially a fan of the Giants and the Yankees whom he rooted for unabashedly.
Here was a young man who had an entire life ahead of him...a bright and shining future that was snuffed out on that tragic morning. It is too easy to lose sight of the individual in the staggering enormity of this day. It was one reason that I wanted to take this opportunity to participate in this project. I learned about Matthew, if only from a distance, and I am a better person for it. He has touched my life and I wish that I could do him more justice then this small gesture. I will carry his memory now and 9/11 will now have a much more personal feel to it then it ever did before.
Matthew Gilbert Vianna; 23; Manhasset, NY; TradeSpark sales department at Cantor Fitzgerald; World Trade Center. He died on September 11th, 2001. He is survived by his Father Dennis, his Mother Marilynda, and his Sister Christine. There is a memorial fund as well
The Matthew Vianna Memorial Fund
c/o Raymond Fleck
1205 Franklin Ave.
Garden City, NY 11530