Obama Visits Ground Zero
Four days after U.S. forces killed al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden, President Barack Obama visited New York City to pay tribute to those killed in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. It was Mr. Obama’s first visit as president to what is now called “Ground Zero.”
Almost 10 years after the World Trade Center was destroyed, President Obama went to New York to meet with the families of the victims and emergency workers who died that day.
Roughly 2,800 people were killed when members of Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida terror network hijacked commercial airliners and crashed them into both 110-story towers of the World Trade Center. The location of the buildings has since been referred to as Ground Zero.
The president’s first stop was a firehouse in midtown Manhattan that lost 15 firefighters – an entire shift – on September 11. The surviving firefighters have covered one wall of the station with pictures of their fallen colleagues and messages from their families.
Mr. Obama had lunch with the firefighters at the station and praised their everyday heroism.
He said he hoped the killing of bin Laden is of some comfort to them in the name of the colleagues they lost in 2001.