President Barack Obama is due at Ground Zero today at 1:30. He will lay a wreath at the site of the 9/11 Memorial.
The President's visit will be brief but momentous: The visit comes four days after Obama made good on his long-term campaign promise to kill Osama bin Laden.
Obama will then privately meet with families who lost daughters, brothers and parents in the 9/11 attacks. Metro can exclusively report that Talat Hamdani, a Muslim woman whose son Mohammad Salman Hamdan died in 9/11, will be one of the family members meeting with Obama. Hamdani, a Long Island resident, confirmed that she will meet with the President. Read Metro's interview with Hamdani here about her reaction to the death of bin Laden.
Obama landed at the Wall Street Heliport at 11:07 am by Marine One helicopter. The chopper flew low over New York Harbor and made a safe landing despite a stiff westerly breeze. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani met Obama on the tarmac.
Metro reporters and photographers will be on the scene as Obama tours the nation's most sacred spot. Keep reading Metro.us throughout the day for constant updates and photos for this historic visit.
The President will be joined by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and both New York senators, Charles Schumer and Kirstin Gillibrand. He invited former New York Gov. George Pataki, Giuliani and former President George W. Bush, who turned down the invitation.
Here's an update on expected security in Lower Manhattan today.