New Yorkers swarmed the city on a late Sunday night after President Obama announced the death of Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden in a military operation.
Chants of “USA, USA” and group singings of “God Bless America” by flag-carrying New Yorkers filled out the streets as they celebrated the death of bin Laden.
There were homemade placards and daring partiers who climbed the light poles and traffic lights to lead cheers. There were even military veterans who considered the event as a sort of makeshift victorious homecoming.
Navy veteran Adam Kuehne said’ “ I guess we never had any sort of victory parade or anything, but we all came back, so maybe this is as close as we’ll ever get to maybe calling something victory.”
This is a sweet revenge for the Americans after the September 11 tragedy. But there still wounds unhealed and memories are still fresh.
“I’m hoping that this gives some closure to the people who lost people they loved, and for those of us who live in this neighborhood,” said Vivian Farmery, who lives just four blocks from the former site of the World Trade Center. One of her hands was holding her 15-year old son, who was in first grade during the attack; her other hand held a poppy flower. “That man just threw those people in our neighborhood and invaded us, it’s really important for us to take it back.”
In honor to the victims of the attack, Nathan Morris and Yuri Jang held candles – Jang’s close friend having lost her mother and grandmother and she was there to support them. Morris said that even when he was happy now, things didn’t go exactly as how he wants them to be.
“Personally, I would have preferred they bring him back for trial,” Morris said. “My first reaction was like, ‘Oh man, they killed him.’ But then my second reaction was ‘They killed him!’ I was more excited for the fact that there was some closure, it was a target we were after for years. I think it helps with closure on leadership of that organization and what he represented, but certainly not closure in the long term things that this country and the world need to move on.”
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