Description Short-sleeved button-up ABM Janitorial Services uniform shirt belonging to Mon Gjonbalaj. The shirt has light blue pinstripes and a patch with the ABM logo on the left breast.
Historical Notes Born in Vuthaj in Montenegro, Yugoslavia, Mon Gjonbalaj came to the United States in 1971. He lived in the Bronx with his wife, Hanifa, and their three sons. Their daughter worked in Kosovo, where Mon had gone in 2000 to help his family rebuild after a war there. A maintenance worker for ABM Industries, on September 11, Mon was at work on the South Tower’s 86th floor. He was 64 years old.
Curator's Comment A maintenance worker with ABM Industries, Mon Gjonbalaj was friendly with his coworkers at the World Trade Center. He often arrived at his job an hour early to enjoy a cup of coffee with them. Though Mon had celebrated his 65th birthday in 2000 and was eligible to retire, he had decided to work an additional year until October 2001. His son later said of the South Tower, where Mon was stationed, “He was so attached to that building. He didn’t want to let go. It was his second home.” Mon wore this uniform shirt to work on September 10, 2001. HIDE