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Obama: 'When We Say We Will Never Forget, We Mean What We Say'

President Obama pauses after laying a wreath at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011. i i

hide captionPresident Obama pauses after laying a wreath at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.

Charles Dharapak/AP
President Obama pauses after laying a wreath at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.

President Obama pauses after laying a wreath at the National Sept. 11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York, Thursday, May 5, 2011.

Charles Dharapak/AP

Speaking at a New York City firehouse that lost 15 men on Sept. 11, 2001, President Obama said just a short time ago that this week's killing of al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden shows that:

"When we say we will never forget, we mean what we say."

The president is in New York to lay a wreath at ground zero in honor of the nearly 2,800 victims of the Sept. 11 attacks.

Update at 1:20 p.m. ET.

The president has paid his tribute to the victims of the 9/11 attacks, The Associated Press reports:

"President Barack Obama has laid a wreath at the site of the collapsed Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York. ... The stop was the culmination of a New York visit in the wake of the U.S. commando raid in Pakistan that killed terror mastermind Osama bin Laden. ... He also laid a wreath at the foot of the Survivor Tree, which sustained damage during the attack but was freed from the rubble."

Kara Rowland of The Washington Times, who was a "pool" reporter at the ceremony, reports that the president was accompanied by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg (I), Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) and New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R).

She says that the president and a police officer placed the wreath in its stand. Then, Obama and three officers "bowed their heads and were silent for a minute."

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