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Obama honors victims of 9/11 terrorist attacks

05-06-2011 13:51 BJT

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US President Barack Obama has visited several 9/11 landmarks and met relatives of victims in New York. This came as part of a day of remembrance following the US commando raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan earlier this week. Fintan Monaghan has more.

Nearly ten years on from the September 11th tragedy, grieving family members are finally getting some sense of closure.

In the wake of Bin Laden's death, President Obama is commemorating the victims of 9/11 by visiting several landmarks linked to the tragedy.

Andrea Scott, left, of Bear, Delaware, Dilma Zabala, center, of
Newark, N.J., and Karina Alvarez, Mineola, N.Y. trey to get
a glimpse of President BarackObama near ground zero, Thursday,
May 5, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

Despite heavy security, hundreds of New Yorkers gathered just southeast of the World Trade Center site and lined the roads to watch Obama's motorcade.

The president's first stop was a Manhattan fire station that lost 15 firefighters when the World Trade Center towers were attacked.

U.S. President Barack Obama carries a wreath accompanied by New
York City firefighters and NYPD police officers during a wreath
laying ceremony at theNational September 11th Memorial at the
World Trade Center site in New York, May 5, 2011.
REUTERS/Brendan McDermid

With an air of triumph, Obama proclaimed that the killing of the al-Qaida leader sent the message that the US has never forgotten those who were lost on September 11th.

Barack Obama, US President, said, "What happened on Sunday, because of the courage of our military and the outstanding work of our intelligence, sent a message around the world, but also sent a message here back home that when we say we will never forget, we mean what we say."

U.S. President Barack Obama lays a wreath at Ground Zero in memory of the 9/11 victims, four days after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in New York, May 5, 2011. The visit marked the first time Obama visited Ground Zero as president. (Xinhua/Wu Jingdan)

Obama also laid a wreath and observed a moment's silence at the Ground Zero memorial.

He then met privately with about 60 family members of the deceased.

Anthoula Katsimatides, Sister of 9/11 Victim, said, "For someone like the President of the United States to take time out of such a busy schedule to actually come and pay his respects to Ground Zero and to pay his respects to so many family members, it's hugely appreciated."

Frantz Larec, Brooklyn, New York, said, "Mission accomplished. I mean, great job by the president. That's all I can say."

Nearly 3 thousand people were killed when al-Qaida hijackers crashed their planes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field. More than ten billion US dollars is being invested to rebuild the World Trade Center site.

U.S. President Barack Obama attends a commemoration at Ground Zero in memory of the 9/11 victims, four days after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in New York, May 5, 2011. (Xinhua/Wu Jingdan)

U.S. President Barack Obama attends a commemoration at Ground Zero in memory of the 9/11 victims, four days after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, in New York, May 5, 2011. (Xinhua/Wu Jingdan)

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) talks with family members of a 9/11 victim at Ground Zero in New York, the United States, May 5, 2011. (Xinhua/Wu Jingdan)

 

 


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