News / USA

New Yorkers Celebrate Osama bin Laden's Death

A man carries an American flag while walking to join a crowd gathered to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden at the construction site at Ground Zero in New York, May 2, 2011.
A man carries an American flag while walking to join a crowd gathered to celebrate the death of Osama bin Laden at the construction site at Ground Zero in New York, May 2, 2011.
TEXT SIZE - +
Peter Fedynsky

New Yorkers are celebrating.  Osama Bin Laden’s death seems to dominate every conversation, and people from all walks of life are overjoyed.

"Bin Laden’s dead!  Bin Laden’s dead!  God bless America!" one man said.

This New Yorker was among the thousands of people who converged Sunday night on Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center once stood, to celebrate the demise of the world’s number one terrorist.  Thousands more gathered at Times Square.



Alexandra Vukov, who is visiting from Michigan, said it seems strange to celebrate someone’s death.

"But it seems appropriate in this situation for the death of Osama bin Laden and justice to finally be served for the American people down here at Ground Zero," Vukov said.

At New York’s Fire Battalion Number Nine, the station that lost the most fire fighters on September 11, 2001, Maureen Santora, the mother of one of those men, Christopher Santora, remarked that bin Laden was killed on what many scholars say is the same day that Adolph Hitler died.  She said nothing will erase the memory of her son and that nothing will diminish her joy over bin Laden’s death.

"I'm certainly going to celebrate today," Santora noted.  "I'm in a festive, joyous mood, and there is absolutely nothing that could happen to me today that would rain on my parade.  I'm just thrilled to death!"

Santora's son, C. J. Asaro, says he does not feel any differently now that Osama bin Laden is dead.

"My father’s still not here.  My family is still together, unified, since his absence," Asaro said.  "But I’m going to continue every day like I have for the past 10 years, looking up to my father and hoping he’s looking back down at us."

At Ground Zero, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg recalled America’s solemn commitment after the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks to bring justice to those responsible for the deaths of nearly 3,000 victims of terrorism that day.

"Yesterday, Osama bin Laden found out that America keeps its commitments," Bloomberg said.  "Today, we have come to the site that terrorists attacked in 1993 and again in 2001 to reaffirm our commitments to all those we lost, to the future we believe in, and to a more perfect and just world."

At the United Nations, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said bin Laden’s death is a watershed in the global fight against terrorism.

"This is a day to remember the victims and the families of victims here in the United States and everywhere in the world," Ban said.

The Ground Zero celebration in the early hours of May 2 was held in the shadow of a new skyscraper under construction, Freedom Tower.   Soon it will dominate the New York skyline.  As Mayor Bloomberg put it, Osama bin Laden is dead and the World Trade Center site is teeming with new life.

You May Like

Analysts Warn of Regional Proxy Conflict in Afghanistan

Analysts warn if Kabul’s neighbors do not start to cooperate, competing desires for influence could deteriorate into a bloody proxy war in the country More

Saudi Intelligence Chief Replaced

Bandar bin Sultan came under criticism for supporting al Qaida, prompting King Abdallah to wrest Syria operations away from him in February, handing them to Interior Minister Prince Mohammed bin Nayef More

Poetry Magazine editor Don Share talks what makes a good poem with VOA's David Byrd

What makes a good poem? And is poetry as viable an art form as it once was? To find out, VOA's David Byrd spoke to Don Share, the editor of Poetry Magazine. More

This forum has been closed.
Comments
     
There are no comments in this forum. Be first and add one

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
Google Buys Drone Companyi
|| 0:00:00
...
 
🔇
X
George Putic
April 15, 2014
In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Google Buys Drone Company

In its latest purchase of high-tech companies, Google has acquired a manufacturer of solar-powered drones that can stay in the air almost indefinitely, relaying broadband Internet connection to remote areas. It is seen as yet another step in the U.S. based Web giant’s bid to bring Internet to the whole world. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Ray Bonneville Sings the Blues and More on New CD

Singer/songwriter Ray Bonneville has released a new CD called “Easy Gone” with music that reflects his musical and personal journey from French-speaking Canada to his current home in Austin,Texas. The eclectic artist’s fan base extends from Texas to various parts of North America and Europe. VOA’s Greg Flakus reports from Austin.
Video

Video Millions Labor in Pakistan's Informal Economy

The World Bank says that in Pakistan, roughly 70 percent work in the so-called informal sector, a part of the economy that is unregulated and untaxed. VOA's Sharon Behn reports from Islamabad on how the informal sector impact's the Pakistani economy.
Video

Video Passover Celebrates Liberation from Bondage

Jewish people around the world are celebrating Passover, a commemoration of their liberation from slavery in Egypt more than 3,300 years ago. According to scripture, God helped the Jews, led by Moses, escape bondage in Egypt and cross the Red Sea into the desert. Zlatica Hoke reports that the story of the Jewish Exodus resonates with other people trying to escape slave-like conditions.
Video

Video Police Pursue Hate Crime Charges Against Kansas Shooting Suspect

Prosecutors are sifting through the evidence in the wake of Sunday’s shootings in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri that left three people dead. A suspect in the shootings taken into custody is a white supremacist. As VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports, he was well-known to law enforcement agencies and human rights groups alike.
Video

Video In Eastern Ukraine, Pro-unity Activists Emerge from Shadows

Amid the pro-Russian uprisings in eastern Ukraine, there is a large body of activists who support Ukrainian unity and reject Russian intervention. Their activities have remained largely underground, but they are preparing to take on their pro-Moscow opponents, as Henry Ridgwell reports from the eastern city of Donetsk.
Video

Video Basket Maker’s Skills Have World Reach

A prestigious craft show in the U.S. capital offers one-of-a-kind creations by more than 120 artists working in a variety of media. As VOA’s Julie Taboh reports from Washington, one artist lucky enough to be selected says sharing her skills with women overseas is just as significant.
Video

Video UN Report Urges Speedier Action to Avoid Climate Disaster

A new United Nations report says the world must switch from fossil fuels to cleaner energy sources to control the effects of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change released the report (Sunday) following a meeting of scientists and government representatives in Berlin. The comprehensive review follows two recent IPCC reports that detail the certainty of climate change, its impacts and in this most recent report what to do about it. VOA’s Rosanne Skirble has the details.
AppleAndroid