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New Yorkers gather at Ground Zero with mixed emotion

Posted May 2, 2011

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— The Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center's iconic twin towers in New York City left a gaping hole in the city's skyline and a lingering void in the hearts of many.

When the news broke that the terrorist leader behind those attacks was killed in a covert military operation at a secure compound not far from Islamabad, Pakistan, many New Yorkers felt compelled to visit Ground Zero, in mourning and in jubilation.

"It's heartwarming," said Staten Island resident Lee England. "It gives the city hope. It restores a sense of hope."

Flowers, photos and notes covered the site Monday and swarms of locals and tourists paid their respects to the nearly 3,000 Americans killed in the attacks.

"God bless Obama for making this happen. I never thought it was going to happen, honest to God," said Ground Zero cleanup worker Victoria Strong. "For some of us, it's closure. For some, it's justice."

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"Whenever I see a silhouette of lower Manhattan without the towers, it's like knife in my heart," said Rosemary Cain. "Something is missing."

Cain's son, George, was a New York City firefighter who died at Ground Zero.

"I think of this as a very sacred place and it should always be respected for what it is and what happened that day," Cain said.

She said she was glad to see Americans united again, much like they were on September 12, 2001.

For Cain, visiting Ground Zero isn't just a show of patriotism, it's an important ritual that brings her peace and helps her feel closer to her son.

"I will always come down here. This is where my son gave his life and this is where 3,000 souls went to heaven on September 11," she said.


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  • vicstong May 5, 2011

    I just wanted to say my name is S T O N G not "STRONG". I'm the one being quoted in the 5th paragraph down in this article. I am survived a foiled Suicide Bomber while working in Ground Zero's Bldg. 7, am a 9/11 Family Member of John Charles Jenkins who worked for Charles Associates as a Manager and was a Volunteer 1st Responder and Ground Zero Worker 9/11-11/10/01, am an Impartial, Diplomatic & International;9/11,Civil Rights & Community Activist well seasoned in and out of all types of Media. I rarely get credit for my work in Ground Zero as mostly Uniformed Workers are put above Volunteers although NO Volunteer worked in the same capacity as I did as I was helping all Uniformed Workers, Coordinated the first Family Center, Logistics, Registration and was put in charge of the makeshift Emergency Room by all the Doctors at Pier 60, helped the Salvation Army when everyone was too afraid to come down to help and simultaneously filling out the Manifests for the Trucks at Bldg. #7. Wh

  • ga2nc36bm May 4, 2011

    god bless everyone across the world

  • OGE May 3, 2011

    I just do not understand how anyone can celebrate someone being killed? Though these are probably hypocritical people who support the death penalty and yet are prolife.

  • WritNEWlaws May 3, 2011

    God Bless America!