As most Americans woke up on this day, May 2, a year ago, the first topic of discussion was likely the death of Osama bin Laden. President Barack Obama announced that bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan by a small group of American forces, later identified as Seal Team 6, late on May 1, 2011, but due to the time difference, word hit Pakistan on May 2.
Late on that Sunday night, word spread across the United States prompting celebration from , to the U.S. Naval Academy and beyond.
, reaction from politicians, veterans and all other Americans rolled in.
“Let us heed the President's call to unite, as we did in the months of mourning following that terrible day, to make a better, safer and more just world,” Governor Deval Patrick said in the statement after the announcement.
“Our thanks and appreciation go out to the Navy Seals, our intelligence community and our brave men and women in uniform who once again have given us great reason to be proud of their courageous service,” read the statement from U.S. Congressman Stephen F. Lynch. “While the war on terror continues, hopefully, this will provide some measure of closure and peace for the 9/11 families.”
A year after bin Laden’s death and 10 and a half years since the attacks of September 11, 2001 made him a household name, we can now reflect.
Where were you when you learned of Osama bin Laden’s death? How did it make you feel? Have your feelings changed in the past year? Has the world changed in the past 12 months?