Dancing in the Streets

A crowd cheers and chants in excitement at the corner of Vesey St. and Liberty St. next to Ground Zero after hearing that Osama Bin Laden is dead. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / RELEASED)

I have been so taken aback by the spontaneous celebrations that erupted all over the country following the announcement that Osama Bin Laden was dead.  I think we get used to seeing people take to the streets like this in other countries; in places where they live with the fighting and insurgencies everyday–but I’ve never seen anything quite like it here in the US. Perhaps because while the war on terrorism is very real and we all feel the ramifications of it in one way or another, we don’t live with the fighting taking place across the street from our homes, in our backyards.  So to see everyone come together to celebrate this HUGE moment in American history is just breathtaking and overwhelming.  I can only imagine what it must have been like last night at Ground Zero.  Nothing can compare to experiencing something like this in person, but I’m thankful these beautiful pictures allow us to feel at least a part of what that environment must have been like.  

U-S-A! U-S-A! U-S-A!

Celebrating in Times Square, NYC

 

Ground Zero Celebration

 

Marine veterans Mike Demo (center) and Bill Cortese (right) drove 30 minutes to New York's Ground Zero to celebrate the news that Osama Bin Laden is dead. Two of Cortese's cousins were killed in the Sept. 11 attack on the World Trade Center. (Official Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall A. Clinton / RELEASED)

photos by NYC Marines, Josh Pesavento and Brian Kusler

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