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THE DEATH OF OSAMA BIN LADEN

Impromptu Celebrations at GROUND ZERO upon News of the Death of OSAMA BIN LADEN

World Trade Center, NYC

May 2011

On September 11th, 2001, New York City, and the United States as a whole, was attacked by a group of terrorists that took marching orders from the psychopathic madman and religious zealot, Osama Bin Laden. On May 2nd, 2011, almost ten years later, Bin Laden has finally been brought to justice. Impromptu celebrations broke out in many places around the country, but especially outside the White House in Washington D.C. and at the place where the wound Al Qaeda inflicted is still the most raw: Ground Zero, the World Trade Center.

People came for all different reasons to Ground Zero. Many just needed an outlet for their emotions: joy, anger, sadness, triumph, relief, etc. There were people who had lost loved ones, people who themselves had narrowly escaped death a decade ago. And yet there were also people there almost too young to really remember much of the date–kids in their late teens who wanted to feel a part of the national sorrow that they were perhaps too young to understand ten years prior. Many were chanting things like “Fuck Bin Laden,” but there were others holding signs like: “We Cheer for Peace, Not Death.” As has always been the case in New York City, people from all different parts of the political, social, economic and philosophical spectrums came out in droves.

Photography by Patrick McMullan for Patrick McMullan.com

Design by Marie Havens

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Atmosphere, New York Reacts To Death Of Osama Bin Laden, Ground Zero, NYC, May 1, 2011, Photography by Patrick McMullan for Patrick McMullan.com

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