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Obama's Ground Zero Appearance Will Be Low-Key, Respectful

Chris Hondros/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- President Obama's appearance Thursday at Ground Zero in lower Manhattan will not be a "victory lap" to celebrate the death of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who directed the terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people on Sept. 11, 2001.

Rather, his first visit in three years to what is considered hallowed ground will be subdued and will not include any public remarks.

Just as he had done during the 2008 presidential campaign, Obama will lay a wreath at the site where the World Trade Center towers were brought down by suicide hijackers.  He will also meet with some family members of those killed in the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil.

The president is expected to spend three hours at Ground Zero with Mayor Mike Bloomberg and other officials.

Before his trip there, Obama will meet with New York City firefighters who lost comrades who responded to the fires at the towers on 9/11.

Former President George W. Bush, who visited the site just three days after the 9/11 attacks, declined a White House invitation to join Obama for Thursday's Ground Zero visit.

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