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President Barack Obama will meet with survivors and family members of those killed in the worst terrorist attack in U.S. history Thursday, days after American commandos killed the leader of the group behind that massacre.

The trip will include a presidential visit to New York’s ground zero, where the World Trade Center’s twin towers stood before the al Qaeda attacks of September 11, 2001. Obama will also attend a wreath-laying ceremony and visit a New York firehouse that lost 15 people in the collapse of the twin towers, but the president will give no speeches, the White House said.

The visit comes four days after the pre-dawn raid in Pakistan that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, whose followers turned hijacked jetliners filled with fuel and passengers into missiles aimed at New York and Washington. Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-New York, said “the shoulders of New Yorkers, Americans and people throughout the world stand a little taller” after bin Laden’s death

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article courtesy of CNN.com

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