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Obama Tells Troops of Girl Who Lost Father on 9/11

Mario Tama/Getty Images(FORT CAMPBELL, Ky.) -- On Friday, while speaking to soldiers from the 101st Airborne Division who recently returned from Afghanistan, President Obama gave moving remarks telling them of a girl who spoke to her father shortly before his death in the World Trade Center on September 11th, 2001.

President Obama met with Payton Wall at Ground Zero on Thursday. Wall, who was age four at the time of the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, wrote the president a letter after Osama bin Laden was killed.

Obama said "her dad was trapped in the world trade center" so he called home.

"She watched her mom sobbing" and then the phone was passed to her. The teen told Obama that she could barely hear her father, but the words have remained with her.

"Payton, I love you and I will always be watching over you," her father told her, according to the President.

Wall, who was invited to stand behind the president when he laid a wreath at Ground Zero Thursday, got a lot of media attention when the event was concluded. But the girl declined to go into details about what she wrote the president, leaving it to Obama to recount the emotional moment.

"For her and for all of us this week has been a reminder of what we're about as a people," President Obama told the troops, referring to the death after nearly ten years, of Osama bin Laden.

"We're still the America that does the hard things. That does the great things," he said, pointing out that the 101st Airborne Division is the outfit that dropped behind enemy lines on D-Day and went to Little Rock to desegregate schools. "That was you," he said to the soldiers.

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