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Obama deserves praise for visiting WTC site

It was wonderful to see President Barack Obama visit the World Trade Center site three weeks ago to honor those lost Sept. 11, 2001. He laid a wreath at the base of the ornamental pear tree that had survived the devastating terrorist attack that killed nearly 3,000 people on that fateful day.

That tree, along with all the others that have been planted at the site, represent life. They will continue to grow and flourish — just as the new buildings of the World Trade Center will rise. Our city and nation suffered a horrific loss Sept. 11. We can never bring back those who perished, but this memorial site will always remind us to never forget — ever.

We should be commending Obama for sending in those brave U.S. Navy SEALs who killed Osama bin Laden. While we may not all agree with his domestic policies, but he is our commander in chief and took great risks in having this mission happen. This city and nation owe him, those SEALs, our service members and all of our firefighters, police officers and emergency responders our thanks and accolades for all they have done and are continuing to do to protect us from harm and defend our nation.

John Amato

Fresh Meadows

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