At least 1,000 family members, survivors, rescuers and officials were gathered as the ceremony at the World Trade Center began with a moment of silence and tolling bells. Then, relatives began reading out the names of the nearly 3,000 people killed when terrorist-piloted planes hit the trade center, the Pentagon and a Pennsylvania field, hurling America into a new consciousness of the threat of global terrorism.
On the 16th anniversary of Sept. 11, we look back at some of the poignant moments at the sites of the attacks on our nation in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Shanksville, Pa. Every year, memorials are held in remembrance of the thousands of lives that were lost that day.
United Airlines Flight 175 flies into the South Tower at 9:03 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.
In honor of this tragic day, we pause to remember the events, the victims and heroism of this nation’s first responders. No matter where you were, everyone remembers exactly what they were doing when they found out the World Trade Center and Pentagon were attacked. It wasn’t just a tragedy for America and its citizens, it was a tragedy for humanity and the world.
In honor of this year’s anniversary, we revisit 16 powerful images that remind us of the events that unfolded at the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania. Though the sight of such images alone has become synonymous with feelings of shock and devastation, it has also proved to be a steadfast strength in our country’s ability to rebuild.
Language cannot describe what happened that day better than the photographs that live on in our hearts, minds and in history books forever. They are not just our memories, but bookmarks to lives forever changed here and around the globe. We thank all those who sacrificed their lives to help the victims of 9/11. You are not forgotten.
A damaged tower collapses.
Firefighters raise a flag late in the afternoon of Sept. 11, 2001, in the wreckage of the World Trade Center towers.
People covered in dust walk over debris near the World Trade Center in New York.
A person jumps from the burning North Tower of the World Trade Center as another clings to the outside, left center.
Thick smoke billows behind the Statue of Liberty from where the towers once stood.
The remains of the World Trade Center.
People flee as a World Trade Center tower collapses behind them.
A man stands in the rubble of the World Trade Center and calls out, asking if anyone needs help,
Smoke billows from the top floors of the World Trade Center towers.
Flowers cover the names of the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks before a ceremony at Ground Zero in New York on Monday.