Tuesday, September 11, 2012
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 …
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Raymond Kelly recently sent a letter to Rev. Neville Billy chaplain for the city of Roswell, thanking local residents and Billy's church for their support of New York City following Sept. 11, 2001.
New York Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly thanks Roswell residents for standing alongside of the city following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.
Monday, September 12, 2011
The city held a ten year anniversary ceremony to honor the fallen of Sept. 11, 2001 and those who have given their lives defending our country since.
Several hundred gathered on the backlawn of Roswell City Hall, at the foot of the "Faces of War Memorial," early Sunday morning, Sept. 11 to remember that tragic day 10 years ago. The ceremony began at 8:30 a.m. and continued over the next two hours. In step with the actual events of that morning, Roswell VFW Post Commander William Mitiu rang a bell at 8:46 a.m., 9:02 a.m., 9:37 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. when each of the four planes made impact. The solomn tolling of the bell often interuppted a speaker, who would pause while the bell was rung to allow for a moment of meditation. "We've been thrown into a battle where image is just as important as action," said Roswell Police Chief Dwayne Orrick. "We cannot become complacent."
Sunday, September 11, 2011
William Beck recalls how Manhattan looked from across the river in Brooklyn.
EDITOR'S NOTE: As part of Patch's coverage and commemoration, we are putting together images and human interest stories about how that tragic date has affected us all. What follows are the thoughts and memories of William Beck, a resident of Brooklyn during Sept. 11, 2001. Beck, who is now a Roswell resident, posted his recollections of the moment he heard about the attacks on the Roswell Patch Facebook page. "I lived in [New York City] on 9/11, in Brooklyn. I worked nights at that time and had just gotten home, when my mother-in-law called and said: 'Turn on the television, they're blowing the place up.' The city was going unusually crazy with police cars, but my wife wouldn't let me out of the house. Finally, in the afternoon I went out …
Across our company, we've captured 911 short profiles to honor this day.
Sunday, September 11, 2011
Millions of people across the country were affected by the 9/11 attacks. Some experienced the tragic loss of a loved one, some found an inspiring way to help those who were grieving, and others experienced a political awakening. To help reflect the endless diversity of their experiences, Patch looked out across our sites to pull together 911 snapshots of everyday Americans whose lives were changed by the events of that day. From across the country, this Patch site and hundreds of others captured the faces, keepsakes, memorials, ceremonies, flags, fund-raisers, deployments and the still-raw emotions that followed the attacks. Taken together they create a powerful mosaic that is large in scope but often deeply personal. Click through to see…
The city of Roswell held a commemorative ceremony at the city's Faces of War Memorial on the grounds of city hall this morning. Here are some images from that event.
Local resident Abby Rush remembers the surreal day she found out she was in a city being attacked by terrorists.
EDITOR'S NOTE: As part of Patch's coverage and commemoration, we are putting together images and human interest stories about how that tragic date has affected us all. What follows are the thoughts and memories of Abby Rush, a Roswell resident. She looks back at a business trip that turned terrifying. "I was there on business with Federated Department Stores at 11 Penn Plaza; 28 weeks pregnant with my first child. I could barely get a phone line out of New York City so I called someone at work, who called my husband. My friend at work in Atlanta told me we were being attacked by terrorists. I really didn't even believe it. When we were allowed to leave the building I bought newspapers and still have them. Every tennis shoe and sneaker was …
Joe Duffy remembers the profound silence following the attacks and seeing life differently.
EDITOR'S NOTE: As part of Patch's coverage and commemoration, we are putting together images and human interest stories about how that tragic date has affected us all. What follows are the thoughts and memories of Joe Duffy, who is a Roswell resident. Looking back to the days following the attack and the silence which seemed to fill them, despite living with an infant. "At the time, I had just one child, who was one year and nine months old. We would often play on the front lawn. As I’m sure is the case with many kids his age, he was always fascinated by airplanes flying overhead. Because my job was affected, I got an unwelcome week off. I spent every waking hour glued to the televisions. And because I had a multiple television set-up for …
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Less than a year after the attacks Virginia Farley lost her job in the travel industry, but now finds strength and purpose in a new career.
EDITOR'S NOTE: As part of Patch's coverage and commemoration, we are putting together images and human interest stories about how that tragic date has affected us all. What follows are the thoughts and memories of Virginia Farley, who is now a Roswell resident. She looks back 10 years to the loss of a career and the hope found in moving forward, in spite of the attacks. "A native New Yorker from Long Island, I have dozens of friends and family members who lost people in the attacks. Some of my friends and cousins were first responders; thankfully they survived. I so wanted to go and help, as many of my fellow New Yorkers were able to, but I was in Atlanta without the means to do anything It was a very somber and frustrating time for me. My…
Cathy Subrisky remembers the firsthand experience of being on Manhattan at work that fateful day ten years ago.
EDITOR'S NOTE: As part of Patch's coverage and commemoration, we are putting together images and human interest stories about how that tragic date has affected us all. What follows are the thoughts and memories of Cathy Subrisky, a native New Yorker, who is now a Roswell resident. She recalls the immense physical and emotional terror of being at work on Manhattan that day. "On 9/11, I was on the train headed to Manhattan going to work. The day was pristine. One could see for miles. The train was about midway on the Manhattan Bridge when we saw a huge burst of black smoke from the downtown area. Our immediate thoughts were "Uh oh, there goes the ventilation system on one of the buildings." Being on a moving train and the first plane hitting…