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Where Were You When You Learned of Osama bin Laden's Death?

While the news of Osama bin Laden's death broke late on May 1, 2011, the topic was heavy on the minds of people all over the world one year ago today.

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? 

Jim Lawless May 02, 2012 at 11:02 AM
I don't think this event lives in the souls of Americans the way 9-11 does, as you are trying to suggest. We are all in agreement that this devil needed to be taken out. It was just a matter of time...no surprise or shock. But the world didn't change much 1 year ago like it did on 9-11.
Adam Roberts (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 11:12 AM
Thanks for your comment, Jim. I completely agree with you. I don't think there will be anything that will touch all Americans the way 9/11 did. That being said, I still remember where I was when I heard the news of bin Laden's death and the video of the Navy cadets gives me chills one year later.
David Ertischek (Editor) May 02, 2012 at 07:48 PM
I was on my couch watching President Obama announce bin Laden's death. I don't think this event lives in the souls of America like 9/11, JFK's assassination, or even OJ's Bronco ride. But I do recall where I was, as I imagine a lot of folks do. Our military has redrawn from Iraq since a year ago, so somethings have changed. There is a downsizing of troops plan in Afghanistan, too.
Brandt Hardin May 02, 2012 at 10:58 PM
One year after Bin Laden’s death and over 10 years since 9/11, American citizens are still blindly allowing their civil liberties to be taken away one piece of legislation at a time. How much freedom are we willing to sacrifice to feel safe? Under the guise of fighting terrorism, the Patriot Act was adopted WITHOUT public approval or vote just weeks after the twin towers fell. These laws are simply a means to spy on our own citizens and to detain and torture dissidents without trial or a right to council. You can read much more about living in this Orwellian society of fear and see my visual response to these measures on my artist’s blog at http://dregstudiosart.blogspot.com/2011/09/living-in-society-of-fear-ten-years.html
Casey Meserve May 03, 2012 at 12:11 AM
I don't remember where I was, but I remember thinking that al Queda was a many-headed hydra that would not be too troubled by the loss of one leader. I think the Arab Spring did more to make me feel better about the Middle East than one man's death.
KM May 03, 2012 at 02:42 PM
I cannot believe that this site is asking such a stupid question, who cares ? Hes dead. What do you think people would remember as they do with the Kennedys, So sick of seeing these stupid sites, Where were you? Tell us what you think ? We want to know, what no major news for the day? Really............
Fool ish USA May 03, 2012 at 02:56 PM
The Arab spring made you feel better, things are worse than before, look into Egypt for example. I was still in college about 5 years ago when bin Laden died, that's right, bout 5 years ago. Keep on sitting in front of that TV and you will learn that the Easter Bunny is now running northern Pakistan's terrorists. By the way, Kony is another boogy man, Uganda has a ton of oil.....you dont think they use celebrities to get the war drums beating do ya? Brant, the public have no idea who GO is or what he wrote, did he play for the redsox or was he a Jersey Shore cast member?

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