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US President Barack Obama has laid a wreath at Ground Zero in memory of the 9/11 victims. The monumental occasion comes four days after US forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden in Pakistan. The visit marked the first time Obama has visited Ground Zero as president.

Ground Zero was filled with police, tourists and fans waving American flags while chanting.

But during the wreath laying ceremony, President Obama did not make any public comments.

The White House says the President wanted to honor the victims and the first responders, and pay homage to the spirit of unity in America in the wake of the attack.

The president then met privately with about 60 family members from various September 11th organizations.

 

 

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)

Before the ceremony, Obama met with the firefighters of Engine 54, known as the "Pride of Midtown", which lost 15 men on September 11th, 2001.

Barack Obama, US President, said, "This is a symbolic site of the extraordinary sacrifice that was made on that terrible day almost 10 years ago. Obviously we can't bring back the friends that were lost, and I know that each and every one of you not only grieve for them, but have also over the last 10 years dealt with their family, their children, trying to give them comfort, trying to give them support.

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)

President Obama also paid his respects at the First Precinct Police Station in lower Manhattan.

Visible progress in the roughly 11 billion US dollar project to rebuild the World Trade Center site is now finally being made after suffering delays from political, security and financing concerns.

Nearly 3,000 people were killed when al Qaeda hijackers crashed commercial planes into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon outside Washington, D.C., and a Pennsylvania field.

U.S. President Barack Obama (C) talks with a New York Police Department officer at Ground Zero in New York, the United States, 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)


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