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President at Ground Zero

President at Ground Zero

Trinity Wall Street reflects on the President’s visit to the site of the 9/11 tragedy:

With its proximity to Ground Zero, St. Paul’s Chapel often finds itself surrounded by news trucks, tourists, and pilgrims. This was even more evident on May 5, 2011, when President Barack Obama visited Ground Zero in the wake of the news that the U.S. had found and killed Osama bin Laden.

As the streets around St. Paul’s were temporarily shut down in advance of the President’s arrival, inside the chapel it was the kind of day that those who work or volunteer there have become used to in the past 10 years. Tourists came inside in waves, walking around slowly and taking in the exhibit that illustrates St. Paul’s role as place of respite for Ground Zero’s rescue and recovery workers.

Several of those visiting had a unique perspective on 9/11.

As the President of the United States visits Lower Manhattan to honor the victims of the World Trade Center attack, Trinity’s Rector, the Rev. Dr. James Cooper, reflects on the death of Osama bin Laden and the long road toward healing.


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