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2996 Project - Matthew Gilbert Vianna

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.
Suite 300
Garden City, NY 11530

 The 2,996 Project


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Sep. 12th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
Wow. I did not realize you lived so close. I thought you lived more upstate then on LI.
Sep. 12th, 2006 03:11 am (UTC)
well, i work in port washington, but i live in farmingdale, which is halfway down the island. i have a sucky commute. :-P
Sep. 12th, 2006 01:50 am (UTC)
Wow! What an amazing way to commemorate 9/11. I wish I'd been around more to hear about it and participate.... :/
Sep. 12th, 2006 02:22 am (UTC)
I just wish Dale's website had not crashed under the strain of the project. I will update when it is back up.
Sep. 10th, 2010 05:41 am (UTC)
Tribute to Matthew 9yrs after
Thank you for the wonderful tribute of Matthew. It is 2010, as the date nears; my thoughts focus on my cousin and as a family how much Matthew is missed. I am grateful for your words as part of The 2,996 Project.
Sep. 11th, 2010 09:00 pm (UTC)
Re: Tribute to Matthew 9yrs after

Thank you very much for the kind words. When I volunteered for the 2996 project four years ago I had a wonderful opportunity to learn a little bit about someone that I never had the chance to know. I thought of trying to contact Matthew's family to learn more, but...in the end I decided not to afraid that they might see it as an invasion of their privacy and grief. In some small way I have had a chance to help Matthew not be forgotten, and I know that the 2996 project touched me in a way that I did not think it would. I would love to update Matthew's remembrance page with more information about him. I will, as always, keep your entire family in my prayers.

Sep. 9th, 2011 04:57 am (UTC)
Matty V.
That's how I knew Matt when he came to my fraternity's parties at Villanova University. I was a year older than him, and he was friends with so many of the guys that year, and I would tell them, "He's the nicest kid I've ever met here, when is going to join?" He didn't join, and that was always fine, because he might as well have been a "brother."

I think about Matty V. each and every year. He's forever a Wildcat. To Matt's family, he was one heckuva kid - I'm better for having known him.

Hoboken, NJ
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