President Obama visits Ground Zero, Engine 54, honors 9/11 victims

By on May 6, 2011 in Current Events, United States Comments

US President Barack Obama visited Ground Zero at New York on Thursday, May 5, 2011 where the 9/11 terror attack occurred nearly a decade ago.

President Obama visits Ground Zero
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As reported live coverage at CNN, President Obama paid a visit to Ground Zero and honored the victims of the terror attack on September 11, 2011 and later talked to the families as well to some survivors.

President Obama attended a wreath-laying ceremony at Ground Zero and offered some flowers in memory of the nearly 3,000 of lives that were lost.

The visit, which is incidentally the first one for Mr. Obama since he was elected as the US president, happened four days after he announced that Osama bin Laden was killed by US troops in Pakistan.

Apparently, Sen. Charles Schumer came earlier than President Obama, who also joined former US President George W. Bush in the same spot almost ten years ago.

Meanwhile, the former president was said to have declined Obama’s invitation to join him that day at Ground Zero and was reported to have wanted to avoid the spotlight.

Earlier, the president also visited the home of Engine 54 which lost 15 of its members when World Trade Center twin towers collapsed after the 9/11 attack.

“I wanted to just come here to thank you.” President Obama told the Engine 54 firefighters and shook hands with them.

“When we say we never forget, we mean what we say,” Obama added, who earlier said in a CBS interview that Bin Laden’s dead photo will not be released.

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