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Published May 02, 2011, 10:13 PM

Local Veterans React to Bin Laden's Death

Now that the most hunted man on earth, Osama Bin Laden has been eliminated, area veterans are expressing their feelings. A spectrum of emotions that include relief and concern about what happens now.

Now that the most hunted man on earth, Osama Bin Laden has been eliminated, area veterans are expressing their feelings.

A spectrum of emotions that include relief and concern about what happens now.

Sometimes emotions from ten years ago are so vivid, they can feel like they were felt ten minutes ago.

"9/11, the feelings we had as a nation; words can't describe it," said Luke Scott, a senior army cadet at UND.

Scott did find three words to describe how he felt when President Barack Obama announced public enemy number one, Osama Bin Laden, had been killed.

"Sigh of relief," he said.

Scott was playing golf when the World Trade Center was attacked in September, 2001.

More than two years later he traded his golf clubs for military colors. He was deployed for a tour in Iraq in 2003 shortly after war had been declared. He did a second tour later in 2005.

Scott said the amount of training and strategy that went into eliminating the mastermind behind 9/11 is paying off.

"It brings some closure, knowing the man responsible for these attacks. He's done, he's gone."

Now the big question: Where do we go from here?

According to Scott, it is easy to think the war on terror is over, but even though Bin Laden is gone, Al Quaeda is not.

Other area veterans say they are happy with Bin Laden's ended the face of the Jihadist movement, but doesnt end war on terror.

"As far as closure, you could look at it that way, but there's still a lot out there that would like to jump in his shoes," said Frank Ringstand, a Vietnam Veteran.

Raymond Gehl, another Vietnam Veteran, agrees.

"I'm afraid there's going to be a major attack on us. We can't let our guard down."

Scott is certain our service men and women will keep a very close watch on terroristic threats and neutralize them.

Another thing this cadet is certain about, there is a renewed sense of unity.

"Last night and this moment..It doesn't matter if you're a republican or democrat. It's time to hang your hat up and for us to unite as a nation."

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