President Obama to Ground Zero

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Thursday, May 5, 2011 - 6:58am

President Obama to visit Ground Zero Memorial.

President Obama's Ground Zero visit will focus on 9/11 victims and survivors.

It will be a tone far different from the spontaneous celebrations that erupted near Ground Zero after word spread U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden.

The President will meet with 9/11 victims’ families and first responders privately and participate in a wreath laying ceremony at the Ground Zero 9/11 memorial.

The site, still under construction, draws hundreds of visitors each day.

Since bin Laden's death, many have felt the need to come here.

Airline Pilot Mikael Sodergren said, "After 9/11, I had no desire to visit the site until there was something to celebrate, so I think something positive has happened so I made it a point to come down here and visit the site."

Teacher Nakia Morris said, "You don't really celebrate anyone's death, but we know that justice in a way has taken place."

A memorial at nearby firehouse honors the firefighters who died.

For these visiting eighth grade students, too young to remember that tragic day, it is history.

Student Gabby Morris said, "I was still in kindergarten."

 

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