Roswell Still Remembers 9/11 Victim
Roswell resident Claude Michael Gann died in the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, but his memory lives on locally.
Editor's Note: On this, the 11th anniversary of the infamous September 11 attacks, we revisit an article posted on Roswell Patch during 2011 following the announcement of Osama bin Laden's death. We remember the innocence lost as a nation 11 years ago and the impact it had locally.
Nearly ten years since Osama bin Laden became a household name on that fateful day in September 2011, it's on everyone's lips again with the announcement of his death. For many, bin Laden's death at the hands of the U.S. military finally brings some closure to one of the most painful events in American history.
Not only did crowds gather at Ground Zero in New York to commemorate the occasion, Twitter and Facebook were also abuzz with celebratory chatter and solemn remembrances of loved ones lost - including Roswell's own Claude Michael Gann.
Roswell Patch got in touch with Ginny Ray, who wrote a online tribute to Gann several years ago.
According to the Obi's Sister blogger, Ginny Ray, Gann, 41, grew up in Smyrna but lived in Roswell. He was recently happily remarried when he was sent to New York to attend a conference for work in the North Tower of the World Trade Center buildings. Slated to come home after the conference ended that fateful day, September 11, 2001, he never made it.
"I thought of Michael last night as I heard the news. [Even though] I'd never met him," Ray said. "When Project 2996 sent out the call for blogger tributes of 911 victims, I asked for a Georgian and they sent me Michael's name. After researching what I could find back then, I felt like I'd known him myself. He was a fine man."
As a way to honor Gann after the attacks, the city of Roswell placed a plaque in Roswell Area Park as a tribute to his memory.
The JustKeith.com website offered a view into Gann's life with pictures from his earlier years.
"This is a little late. I am Mike's youngest daughter, Katie. I'm glad to find all of these websites about my dad. I never really knew him all too well because I was only 5 years old when it all happened. It's amazing to see how much everyone loved him. Thank you, everyone."
It's been a long time to wait, but the U.S. has finally found some "justice," according to President Barack Obama.
"Today is a great day for America; especially [for] those who have grieved for almost 10 years," Ray told Roswell Patch. "I hope the Gann's and all the other families changed forever by this tragedy finally gain some closure."