President Obama visits Ground Zero

Posted May 5, 2011 by KJ Mullins
President Barack Obama brought the story of Osama Bin Laden's death full circle today when he visited Ground Zero in New York City.
President Obama places a wreath at the site of the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.
President Obama places a wreath at the site of the 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero.
Pete Souza / The White House
On September 11, 2001 New York City felt the brunt of a terrorist act that would change the world as we know it. A series of hi-jackings by members of al-Qaeda ended with the deaths of almost 3,000 people in New York, Washington D.C. and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The most haunting images of the decade were those of the World Trade Centre Towers in flames after two of the jets were steered into the steel skyscrapers.
On Monday IB Times quoted Obama saying:
"Today, we are reminded that, as a nation, there's nothing we can't do -- when we put our shoulders to the wheel, when we work together, when we remember the sense of unity that defines us as Americans," Obama said.
"And we've seen that spirit -- that patriotism -- in the crowds that have gathered, here outside the White House, at Ground Zero in New York, and across the country -- people holding candles, waving the flag, singing the National Anthem -- people proud to live in the United States of America."
This afternoon President Obama laid a red rose wreath at Ground Zero to comfort some of the survivors of the 2,982 victims and to remind the nation that he fulfilled his promise to the world about bringing Bin Laden to justice.
As a moment of silence ended Obama moved to hug some of those who had lost loved ones on that fateful day. He also spent time with New York politicians according to Inforum.
“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 your 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,” Obama said. He went on to praise those who had carried out the raid on bin Laden and coupled that with a call for the type of bipartisan unity that proves that America can get things done.
“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; that our commitment to making sure that justice is done is something that transcended politics, transcended party. It didn't matter which administration was in, it didn't matter who was in charge, we were going to make sure that the perpetrators of that horrible act — that they received justice,” Obama said.
The Ground Zero that Obama visited today is beginning to show growth. Oak trees now are growing in the soil where many of the burnt remains of victims from that day rest.
In place of destruction a Memorial and Museum will open this September 11 on the 10th anniversary of the tragedy. Today the land is considered by most Americans as hallowed ground.
The New York Daily reports:
"The arrangement of the names, forever etched in bronze, expresses bonds that could not be broken by the murderous attacks," said 9/11 Memorial President Joe Daniels.
"It reflects the relationships and the strong bonds that 2,982 innocent people shared in life and in death."