President to Travel to Ground Zero to Honor Lives Lost

May 5, 2011  |  

(New York Times) — President Obama travels to ground zero in lower Manhattan Thursday afternoon, six days after ordering a daring nighttime raid in Pakistan that killed Osama bin Laden, the author of the terrorist attack that turned this patch of land into hallowed ground. Mr. Obama, in his first visit as president to ground zero, plans to lay a wreath at a memorial to the nearly 3,000 victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. He will also meet privately with family members of the victims, firefighters and other rescue workers who died in the September 2001 attacks.  “He wants to meet with them and share with them this important and significant moment, a bittersweet moment,” the White House press secretary, Jay Carney, said on Wednesday.

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