Pete Davidson and father, via Instagram

On the 14th anniversary of 9/11, social media has become a safe place to share memories, tributes, and general thoughts on the events and how we have coped since. And while most Americans can speak to the events in some way, finding some personal connection, often the most affecting remembrances come from people directly affected by the attack.

That’s the case with Saturday Night Live cast member Pete Davidson, whose father was a firefighter killed in heroic duty on September 11, 2001, when the comedian was only seven years old. In expected SNL fashion, Davidson’s initial social media post today managed to squeeze a punchline into an otherwise sweet tribute.

Can’t believe its been 14 years. I remember seeing ur gigantic dick like it was just yesterday. RIP Dad #NeverForget

— Pete Davidson (@petedavidson) September 11, 2015

Davidson followed this post with something straight-faced and touching.

All jokes aside. There’s not a day that goes by where I dont think of u. Ur my hero. Cant wait to see u again someday

— Pete Davidson (@petedavidson) September 11, 2015

And lastly, Davidson expanded a bit on this via Instagram.


[Via Entertainment Weekly]