President Obama Pays Homage at Ground Zero
Earlier today President Barak Obama visited Ground Zero in a reverent commemoration which recalled the heroism and tragedy of 9/11. He first met with firefighters from the New York fire station which lost fifteen of its men as a result of the World Trade Center collapse. His motorcade then proceeded to lower Manhattan and Ground Zero where he laid a wreath in honor of those who lost their lives in what was the worst attack by a foreign enemy ever on American soil. Former New York Mayor, Rudy Giuliani, was among the dignitaries who accompanied President Obama to the site of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
Present at the tribute were many of the policemen, firefighters, and family members of victims. Crowds had been gathering near the site for several hours prior to the President's arrival. Mementos such as pictures, boots, and flowers had been amassing along the streets leading to Ground Zero since the news Sunday night of the death of Osama bin Laden. The Presidential motorcade passed throngs of people waving U.S. flags and chanting phrases such as "God bless America," and "God bless the Navy Seals!" Many who gathered came to seek reconciliation for personal losses which they suffered or witnessed on September 11, 2001.
With the announcement on May 1st that Osama bin Laden had been killed by a team of American Navy Seals there arose spontaneous celebrations throughout the country in which people cheered the death of the orchestrator of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The death of bin Laden for most Americans, especially those who were personally connected with one of the nearly 3000 people killed that day, is more than just a military victory or bit of tactical genius. It is a symbolic event in which some satisfaction may be found in the fact that good has won over evil, and a measure of punishment has been exacted for the atrocities of ten years ago.Continued on the next page