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Obama will visit Ground Zero Thursday to mark Osama bin Laden's death

May 02, 2011|By Michael A. Memoli, Washington Bureau
(Pete Souza, White House )

Reporting from Washington — President Obama will travel to New York on Thursday to mark the killing of Osama bin Laden and honor the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks during a visit to the World Trade Center site.

Obama will also meet with the families of the victims of the attack on the trade center, a White House spokesman said.

In Sunday night's historic announcement of Bin Laden's death, Obama recalled the horror of the attacks nearly 10 years ago.

"The images of 9/11 are seared into our national memory -- hijacked planes cutting through a cloudless September sky; the twin towers collapsing to the ground," he recalled.

On Monday, the president discussed the spirit of patriotism as crowds gathered there late Sunday to celebrate the news -- "people holding candles, waving the flag, singing the national anthem -- people proud to live in the United States of America."

Obama has marked the anniversary of Sept. 11 at the Pentagon in each of his two years as president so far.

michael.memoli@latimes.com

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