Obama to lay wreath at Ground Zero, meet with 9/11 families Thursday

President Obama will participate in a wreath-laying ceremony and visit with 9/11 families and first responders during his visit Thursday to New York City. 

The president will lay the wreath during a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial located near Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center twin towers destroyed during 9/11.

The White House announced the details of Obama's previously announced trip to New York City following a U.S. raid on Sunday that killed Osama bin Laden, the al Qaeda leader behind the attacks.

President George W. Bush, during whose presidency the attacks occurred, was invited to participate in the ceremony but declined to attend.

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