Three Belmont residents killed on Sept. 11, 2001 while traveling on American Airline's Flight 11 and a young man serving in Afghanistan who lost his life in the War on Terror.
Belmont has felt the direct impact of the actions of Osama bin Laden, the Al Qaeda mastermind who engineered the terrorist acts on the United States nearly a decade ago that directly led to the extended war in Afghanistan and further terrorist acts on US interests around the world.
So for many, late on May 1, 2011, justice has finally been achieved.
President Obama confirmed just before midnight Sunday that U.S. troops killed the al-Qaeda leader in Pakistan earlier today.
"I can report to the American people and to the world, that the U.S. has conducted an operation that killed Osama bin Laden," Obama said, which brought crowds of people to celebrate in front of the White House (see photos on this website) and in Times Square and at the location of the former World Trade Center in New York City.
"Shortly after taking office, I directed … the director of the CIA, to make the killing or capture of bin Laden the top priority," said the president. "At my direction, the U.S. launched a targeted operation … No Americans were harmed …After a firefight, they killed Osama bin Laden."
Obama said the special forces took possession of bin Laden's body after the shootout.
"The US is not – and never will be – at war with Islam … bin Laden was not a Muslim leader; he was a mass murderer of Muslims," said the president.
"To the families of 9/11, we have never forgotten your loss," he said.