*TV cameras were not allowed inside of a Manhattan firehouse and police precinct visited by President Barack Obama today during his trip to Ground Zero, but photographers captured the private meetings held to mark Osama bin Laden’s death in the city where the terrorist inflicted his greatest damage.
“This is a symbolic site of the extraordinary sacrifice that was made on that terrible day,” the president said at Engine 54, Ladder 4, Battalion 9. The firehouse in New York’s theater district lost 15 firefighters on 9/11, more than any other firehouse.
At the First Precinct police station in lower Manhattan, the first on the scene on Sept. 11, Obama alluded to bin Laden’s killing and said of those who died in the Sept. 11 attacks, “‘We keep them in our hearts. We haven’t forgotten.”
Obama said he hoped the results of the raid on bin Laden’s compound showed that “we did what we said we were going to do, and that Americans, even in the midst of tragedy, will come together, across the years, across politics, across party, across administrations, to make sure that justice is done.”
Obama never mentioned bin Laden by name in his brief remarks to firefighters and police.
Next for the president was a visit to the outdoor memorial where the twin towers of the World Trade Center once dominated the Manhattan skyline. He 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.
The president met privately at the memorial site with about 60 family members from various 9/11 organizations.
It wasn’t a moment for celebrating the military operation that killed bin Laden; that may come tomorrow, when the president visits Fort Campbell, Ky., to thank members of the Army unit involved in transporting Navy SEALS in and out of bin Laden’s compound.
Watch videos from today’s Ground Zero visit below.