Suzanne Kreiter/Globe Staff
Families of local victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks will gather along with public officials today at the 9/11 memorial in the Boston Public Garden, to reflect on the death Sunday of Osama bin Laden, the mastermind of the attack.
Those attending will place 206 white roses on the memorial at the Garden of Remembrance, said the office of Mayor Thomas M. Menino, who will attend the ceremony.
The ceremony begins at 3 p.m.
US special operations troops killed bin Laden in a firefight Sunday at a compound in Pakistan, ending a manhunt that had stretched for years.
"It’s a good day and a sad day," said Peter Dimond, a spokesman for the Massachusetts 9/11 Fund, a non-profit corporation that supports families with Massachusetts ties who lost loved ones in the attacks.
"Bin Laden’s death provides a sense of justice and we’re grateful for President Obama and the military’s commitment and dedication to fighting terrorism. We’re also reminded of our missing husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, sons and daughters, and friends and neighbors."
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