"On nights like this one, we can say to those families who have lost loved ones to Al Qaeda's terror: Justice has been done," he said.
But just how much will bin Laden's death affect those touched most deeply by the tragedy?
Dr. Alan Manevitz, a family psychiatrist with Lenox Hill Hospital in New York City who was also one of the first responders on 9/11, stressed that nothing can entirely erase the losses of that morning.
"It doesn't necessarily lessen the suffering of the families," he said. Although it may make this year's 10th anniversary service "much more meaningful ... it's a sad reason to be happy," he added.
Still, as word of bin Laden's death spread late Sunday night, spontaneous celebrations broke out across America -- from the World Trade Center, the site of the worst carnage on Sept. 11, 2001, to the gates of the White House, to cities and towns big and small.
"We've been waiting a long time for this day," Lisa Ramaci, a New Yorker whose husband was a freelance journalist killed in the Iraq War, told the Associated Press early Monday. "I think it's a relief for New York tonight just in the sense that we had this 10 years of frustration just building and building, wanting this guy dead, and now he is, and you can see how happy people are."
Ten years ago, Dionne Layne was a mother with a small child, living in Brooklyn, where she watched the second World Trade Center tower collapse after the terrorist attack. Now living in Stamford, Conn., the 44-year-old spent the entire night at Ground Zero with her two children -- 11 and 9 years old.
Layne said she planned to remain Monday with her children at the site because "they can't ge
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