Obama Marks bin Laden's Death at Ground Zero

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President Barack Obama laid a wreath Thursday at New York's ground zero, in a somber ceremony marking the death of America's No. 1 enemy Osama bin Laden.

It was here nearly ten years ago, on that fateful Sept. 11 morning, that America's war against bin Laden began.

Now with the terror network's leader dead, President Obama came to New York City to remember the 3,000 people who lost their lives that day. 

"When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say," Obama said. "It represents something we've waiting for 10 years to me it's very important."

The president laid a wreath in silence at the 9/11 memorial that officially opens Sept. 12. The visit is Obama's first visit to ground zero since becoming president. 

"We've been heart broken for 10 years," Jim Rich, whose son died during the 9/11 attacks, said. "It's the first bit of good news that we've got that the murderer was brought to justice."

Earlier in the day, Obama honored the hundreds of firemen, police officers, and other rescue workers who died trying to help people. He also met privately with some of the family members who lost loved ones in bin Laden's attacks.

The White House invited former presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to take part in the ceremony but both declined to attend.

The visit to New York comes a day after the president said graphic photos of bin Laden's dead body would not be made public.

But not everyone agrees with his decision, including several of the 9/11 families.

"I would have loved to be in the room, I wanna see him dead," said Lisa Reina, who's husband was killed on 9/11. "He took away part of our lives we're never gonna get them back."

Bin Laden was killed in Pakistan Monday, April 25, but U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton warned the fight against global terrorism is far from over. 

"The battle to stop al-Qaeda and its affiliates does not end with one death," Clinton said. "We have to renew our resolve and redouble our efforts, not only in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but around the world."

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