Marking Osama bin Laden’s death where the terrorist inflicted his greatest damage, President Barack Obama soberly laid a wreath Thursday at New York’s ground zero and declared to the city and the world, “When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say.”
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“This is a symbolic site of the extraordinary sacrifice that was made on that terrible day,” the president said Thursday at Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9. The firehouse in New York’s theater district lost 15 firefighters on Sept. 11, 2001.
The president shook hands with 9/11 family members and others dressed in black at the site where the skyscrapers were brought down by planes commandeered by bin Laden’s followers. Nearly 3,000 people were killed.
President Barack Obama, center, shakes hands with first responders as he arrives for a wreath laying ceremony at the September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.