September 10, 2006


I first want to thank DC Roe for making the 2996 Project a reality. I am more than honored to be able to participate in this project. Being a Canadian I felt hesitant at first to sign up for this, but then I started looking at the victims’ bios; many Canadians died on 9/11 too. The attack wasn't against New York City, it wasn't against only America, it was against Western civilization, it was against democracy; it was a vicious, senseless, deliberate attack against innocents by those who represent a vile hatred of all that is valued by the West. In a hurricane or a car accident, innocents die, but not on purpose. This is why 9/11 and the victims of 9/11 must be remembered; there was intention to murder innocent civilians. Life in the West changed on 9/11; unsuspecting people were murdered for being Westerners. Our perception of radical Islam changed as well. We can't afford to forget.

John Iskyan of Wilton, Connecticut died of smoke inhalation on September 11th, 2001. He was only 41 years old, just nine months older than me.

He was struck down in the middle of a life that most people would envy. He had a loving wife and two young children whom he loved dearly and who loved him back. He was also very close to his mother Carol.

Only three days earlier, he had thrilled his wife with a surprise 40th birthday party that he had secretly planned for close to a year. His children, Peter, 12 at the time and Carolynn, 9, both kept the party a secret as well.

He worked 16 years for the brokerage firm Cantor Fitzgerald Securities on the 105th floor of the North tower, as a bond trader. In fact, he lived through the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. I know that some have criticized the remembrance of 9/11 victims as giving them “hero status.” But in 1993 it took John over an hour and a half to evacuate because of his selflessness in helping others get out of the building. John was, in fact, a hero.

In 2001 thought he was going to make it out alive as well.

After the first plane hit, a friend called Iskyan, who said he was about to leave the building and would see the friend later.

John was a very good athlete and an active member of his community. He enjoyed skiing and coached lacrosse. His love of skiing was what brought John and his wife Margaret together in the first place at St. Michael's College in Colchester, Vermont. He then went to work at Cantor Fitzgerald where he worked his way up to partner.

John's workday was long because of the commute from Wilton to New York. He got up regularly at 5 a.m., rode the train and was at his desk by 7 a.m. He would return home at 7 or 8 p.m. "Everything John did, he researched it, he studied it, he looked hard at it," Bob Keeling, a brother-in-law, said yesterday. "He didn't want to do it half-baked."

I can tell by the comments left on other tribute sites that John was a well-loved, great guy. One comment, though, says it all:

"That was my dad. i love him dearly. I miss him very much. he is the best dad in history."
*** Posted by Carolynn Iskyan on 2004-01-30 ***

Click either "blogroll" or "assigned victims" here for links to the other tributes to the victims of 9/11.


  1. I have been reading these tributes all over the blogosphere and have been very touched.

    Some of them I am sure over play the man or woman that they remember, but nothing changes the sad reality that their lives were stolen from them.

  2. I went a somewhat different route w/mine:

  3. Bacon, nicely done on the tribute. I did one myself at my blog, to Frankie Serrano, and think it is, as you said, a tremendous honor for us to be able to offer these remembrances for the families of the victims of 9/11.

  4. A Fine Tribute, Bacon. To a fine pillar of society, a fine family man in an unfine tragedy and death.

    Teh main 2996 site is down from too much traffic.
    Raggedy has set up and alternative link page, You can visit her tribute and inpout you rlink.

    Raggedy: tribute and link page

    Mine is up:

    Judith Ann Reese

  5. Fine tribute to a fine gentleman. He loved his family and did his job. What a waste. My heartfelt condolences to his family and friends.
    This project has given me a greater perspective on our loss and on the enemy we are facing.
    I paid tribute to Catherine A. Nardella who died at the WTC on 9/11. She was an exceptional young woman.

  6. thank you so much for writing this, i was very young when my father was killed and now that im older im trying to understand him and who he was and you did a beautiful job capturing my fathers persona.... again thank you for this

  7. You are welcome Carolynn. It was my pleasure.