Washington, D.C.-- (May 2, 2011) –It was announced last night that Osama bin Laden, the face of global terrorism and architect of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, was killed in a firefight with elite American troops. The following is a statement from James J. Laychak, president of the Pentagon Memorial Fund.

“Knowing the man who was responsible for the murder of my brother David Laychak and thousands more on September 11, 2001 has been brought to justice and is no longer personally capable of harming anyone is a relief and a mournfully satisfying feeling. I know that I can speak for the families of the Pentagon Memorial Fund when I say we are all extremely grateful to the men and women of our armed forces and the intelligence community who worked and sacrificed so much to accomplish this mission. Visitors to the Pentagon Memorial will know that justice was served to those responsible, and I hope that provides comfort to them and all of us who were touched on that tragic day 10 years ago.”

U.S. Marine Corps veterans Mike Demo, center, and Bill Cortese mark the news of Osama bin Laden's death on May 2, 2011. Two of Cortese's cousins were killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, attack on the World Trade Center. U.S. Marine Corps photo by Sgt. Randall Clinton.