70 Powerful Images From September 11, 2001

Some of the following imagery is pretty shocking but we made the decision to include these images in the photo set because it is the sad and shocking part of history. The term “Never Forget” has become semi cliche over the last decade but September 11, 2001 is a date that we must never lose sight of. September 11th was one of those days that everyone who was old enough to experience it will never forget. 9/11 also happened in a time of transitioning media. There was no Youtube, Facebook, Twitter or Instagram. It was one of the last major world events before the rise of citizen journalism. 

The Statue of Liberty, seen from a vantage point in Jersey City, New Jersey, as the lower Manhattan skyline is shrouded in smoke following the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. Photo taken on September 15, 2001. (AP Photo/Dan Loh)

Smoke pours from a gaping hole and the upper floors of the World Trade Center’s North Tower, shortly after hijackers crashed American Airlines Flight 11 into the building on September 11, 2001 in New York City. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

United Airlines Flight 175 flies low toward the South Tower of the World Trade Center, shortly before slamming into the structure. The north tower burns after an earlier attack by a hijacked airliner in New York City, on September 11, 2001. (Reuters/Sean Adair)

Flames erupt from the South Tower of the World Trade Center, after it was struck by hijacked United Airlines Flight 175, in New York City, on September 11, 2001. The aircraft crashed into the tower traveling at a speed of approximately 586 miles per hour.(Reuters/Sean Adair)

Moments after United Airlines Flight 175, with 56 passengers (including the 5 hijackers) and 9 crew members, struck the South Tower of the World Trade Center between floors 77 and 85 on September 11, 2001, in New York City. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Some of the estimated 10,000 gallons of jet fuel aboard United Airlines Flight 175 erupts in a fiery blast from the side of the South Tower of the World Trade Center after the plane crashed into it on September 11, 2001, in New York City. (AP Photo/Ernesto Mora)

With its black smoke; the shocking, brilliant, colossal flames; the cloudless sky; the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge flying the American flag — captures so much of the story of the day that, if one were to create a composite picture to illustrate the idea of “9/11,” the result might look very much like this astonishing shot.  (Photo: STR/Reuters /Landov)

Two women hold each other as they watch the World Trade Center burn following a terrorist attack on the twin skyscrapers in New York City on September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Ernesto Mora)

A September 11, 2001 file photo shows U.S. President Bush listening to White House Chief of Staff

“Mr. President, a second aircraft has hit the World Trade Center. America’s under attack.”

With these portentous words, the White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card informed President Bush of the attacks. Bush was reading to a class of Florida schoolchildren, and his shock was palpable. Seldom are such crucial moments of a presidency recorded live, and for Bush it was an especially watershed moment

The twin towers of the World Trade Center burn behind the Empire State Building in New York, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001.(AP Photo/Marty Lederhandler)

Smoke billows from the World Trade Center in lower Manhattan in this image taken by a U.S. Geological Survey satellite that flew over the region at about 9:30 a.m. on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/USGS)

People hang from the windows of the North Tower of the World Trade Center after a hijacked airliner hit the building September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images)

A man leaps to his death from a fire and smoke filled North Tower of the World Trade Center, on September 11, 2001 in New York City after terrorists crashed two hijacked passenger planes into the twin towers. (Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images)

A man jumps from the upper floors of the burning North Tower of New York’s World Trade Center, on September 11, 2001.(AP Photo/Richard Drew)

A man jumps from the North Tower of New York’s World Trade Center on Tuesday, September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

The Falling Man. A man, whose identity remains unknown, falls headfirst after jumping from the north tower of New York’s World Trade Center after it was atacked on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. This now-famous photograph has become iconic, and inspired an article in Esquire magazine, and a later documentary movie. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

This photo from a Pentagon surveillance camera shows the fireball that resulted when the hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, with 58 passengers and 6 crew members aboard, slammed into the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. (AP Photo)

Flames and smoke pour from the Pentagon building, on Tuesday, September 11, 2001, after a direct, devastating hit from an aircraft.(AP Photo/Will Morris)

The Pentagon building burns after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into it on September 11, 2001. (Reuters/Hyungwon Kang)

Medical personnel and volunteers help injured people outside the Pentagon after a hijacked commercial airliner crashed into the southwest corner of the building, on September 11, 2001. (Reuters/U.S. Navy Photo/Journalist 1st Class Mark D. Faram)

One side of the Pentagon building is exposed after a hijacked aircraft crashed into it, on September 11, 2001.(Reuters/Kevin Lamarque)

Smoke pours from a tower of the World Trade Center, on September 11, 2001 after two hijacked airplanes hit the twin towers in a terrorist attack on New York City. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

At 9:59 a.m., after burning for 56 minutes, the South Tower of New York’s World Trade Center begins to collapse after a terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Gulnara Samoilova)

Debris rains down on the street as the South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses after hijacked planes crashed into the towers on September 11, 2001 in New York City. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

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Rescuers carry Father Mychal Judge’s body from Tower One. He was the first and most famous victim of the World Trade Center attack.

Police and pedestrians run for cover during the collapse of the World Trade Center South Tower, on September 11, 2001 in New York.(Doug Kanter/AFP/Getty Images)

Lt. William Roberts of Ladder 113 stands in disbelief just after first of the two Twin Towers collapsed during the Sept. 11 World Trade Center terror attack.

People covered in dust walk over debris near the World Trade Center in New York City, on September 11, 2001.(AP Photo/Gulnara Samoilova)

Mark Stahl of Somerset, Pennsylvania displays a photo he took early on September 11, 2001 after United Airlines Flight 93 crashed just outside of Shanskville. Stahl heard the crash and wandered up to the site where he took the photo before the area was cordoned off by rescue workers. The plane crashed shortly after two hijacked commercial planes slammed into the twin towers of the New York’s World Trade Center, causing both 110-story landmarks to collapse. (Reuters/Jason Cohn)

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Three men walking away from the World Trade Center on Sept. 11. (Phil Penman/Splash News)

An FBI aerial photograph shows the crash site of hijacked United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, on September 12, 2001. The Boeing 757 was headed from Newark, New Jersey, to San Francisco when it made an abrupt turn near Cleveland and veered back east across Pennsylvania before crashing in Shanksville, killing all 44 aboard. Flight 93 was the fourth plane to crash in a coordinated terrorist attack that included New York’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon, and the only one that didn’t take lives on the ground.(AP Photo/FBI)

Firefighters and emergency personnel investigate the scene of the fatal crash of United Airlines Flight 93, on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (AP Photo/Tribune-Democrat/David Lloyd)

At 10:28 a.m., after burning for 102 minutes, the North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses on September 11, 2001 in New York City. (AP Photo/Diane Bondareff)

One of the World Trade Center Towers crumbles as it collapses on September 11, 2001 in New York City.(Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images)

This photo taken September 11, 2001 by the New York City Police Department shows smoke and ash engulfing the area around the World Trade Center as the North Tower collapses in New York. (AP Photo/NYPD, Det. Greg Semendinger)

Dust, smoke and debris fill the air as one of the World Trade Center towers in New York City collapses in this September 11, 2001 photo.(Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

The south tower of New York’s World Trade Center collapses Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Dust, smoke and ash engulf buildings around the World Trade Center in New York City, after the collapse of both towers on September 11, 2001. Photo taken by the New York City Police Department. (AP Photo/NYPD, Det. Greg Semendinger)

People run from the collapse of World Trade Center towers in New York, on September 11, 2001, after terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center and brought down the twin 110-story towers. (AP Photo/Suzanne Plunkett)

John Labriola, who had an office on the 71st Floor of the Tower One snapped this photo of firefighter Mike Kehoe rushing up the Tower One as Labriola was evacuating. The photo was taken just minutes before the tower collapsed, and when the Daily Mirror ran the next morning, the editors were uncertain whether he survived or not. Six of his colleagues who went up the same staircase died, but Kehoe survived, and the photo won him instant acclaim; Tony Blair held up the photo to proclaim, “This man is a hero.” He also found unwanted attention from reporters, well-wishers and stalkers.

The North Tower of the World Trade Center dissolves in a cloud of dust and debris about a half hour after the first twin tower collapsed, on September 11, 2001. The photo was taken from across the Hudson River in Jersey City, New Jersey. (Reuters/Ray Stubblebine)

People make their way amid debris near the World Trade Center in New York, on Tuesday September 11, 2001.(AP Photo/Gulnara Samoilova)

A priest aids people making their way through debris just outside a churchyard near the World Trade Center in New York City, on September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Gulnara Samoilova)

People cover their faces as they cross the Brooklyn Bridge on foot, escaping the smoke and dust in Manhattan, on September 11, 2001.(AP Photo/Daniel Shanken)

People walk in the street in the area where the World Trade Center buildings collapsed September 11, 2001 after two airplanes slammed into the twin towers. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Marcy Borders, covered in dust, takes refuge in an office building after one of the World Trade Centre towers collapsed in New York City, September 11, 2001. AFP: Stan Honda

A U.S. marshal helps a woman after she was injured in the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York, in this Sept. 11, 2001, photo. (AP Photo/Gulnara Samiolava)

A man cries on September 11, 2001 after witnessing the collapse of the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City.(AP Photo/Shawn Baldwin)

A firefighter pauses on a bench as he works in lower Manhattan at the scene of the World Trade Center terrorist attack, on September 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Matt Moyer)

Rubble and ash fill lower Manhattan streets in an apocalyptic scene after two hijacked airliners were crashed into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York, collapsing them and killing thousands. (AP Photo/Boudicon One)

A New York City fireman calls for more rescue workers to make their way into the rubble of the World Trade Center. Photo taken on September 15, 2001. (Reuters/U.S. Navy/Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres)

A tire from one of the hijacked planes lies in the street near the destroyed World Trade Center in New York City, on September 11, 2001.(Reuters/Shannon Stapleton)

A street scene in lower Manhattan near the site of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center in New York on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

As the global finance wobbled in the recent years, the above photo by Susan Ogrocki (Reuters) taken in Zuccotti Park, home of the future Occupy Wall Street protest camp, right around the corner in from the Ground Zero reminds us that the attacks were a seminal event for the global finance too, not least because the target was at the heart of American finance.

Firemen search for survivors after the collapse of the twin towers of the World Trade Center on on September 11, 2001.(AP Photo/Matt Moyer)

Light streams through the smoke and dust amid the debris at ground zero on September 12, 2001 after the September 11 terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Baldwin)

Jonathan Torgovnik returned the next morning to take this photo from the fifth-floor window of the neighbouring 1 Liberty Plaza, which was also in danger of falling. He remembers: “I randomly opened the door to one of the offices, walked in, and got the picture. I remember it being so eerie, thinking of the people who might have been there when it happened, and then their not being there — and yet I felt their presence.”

New York City firefighters pour water on the wreckage of 7 World Trade Center in New York City early on September 12, 2001. 7 World Trade Center was destroyed along with both the landmark World Trade Center towers after being struck by planes in a terrorist attack on September 11. (Reuters/Mike Segar)

A group of firefighters walk amid rubble near the base of the destroyed south tower of the World Trade Center in New York, on September 11, 2001. (Reuters/Peter Morgan)

Rubble covers the tracks of the New York City Subway #1 and #9 lines in the Cortland Street station under the World Trade Center, in this photo taken shortly after the attacks of September 11, 2001. According to the New York Times, New York City Transit officials determined that the damage was so extensive, that more than one mile of the line would have to be rebuilt.(AP Photo/New York City Transit)

Rescue workers conduct search and rescue attempts, descending deep into the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York on Friday September 14, 2001. (Reuters/U.S. Navy/Photographer’s Mate 2nd Class Jim Watson)

A man stands in the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York City, calling out, asking if anyone needs help, after the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001. (Doug Kanter/AFP/Getty Images)

The sun streams through the dust over the wreckage of the World Trade Center on September 15, 2001. (Andrea Booher/FEMA News Photo)


An aerial view on September 17th, 2001 shows only a small portion of the scene where the World Trade Center collapsed following the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Surrounding buildings were heavily damaged by the debris and massive force of the falling twin towers. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Photographer’s Mate Eric J. Tilford)

Firemen continue to fight the fires that sprout up from within the rubble of the World Trade Center in this September 19, 2001 file photo. (REUTERS/PA2 Tom Sperduto/US Coast Guard)

An aerial view of the recovery operation underway in lower Manhattan at the site of the collapsed World Trade Center on October 4, 2001. (Andrea Booher/ FEMA News Photo)

Exhibit #P200336 from the United States v. Zacarias Moussaoui Criminal trial No. 01-455-A – A collage of photographs of almost 3,000 victims, nearly all of those who were killed during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 (missing are 92 of the victims and all of the terrorists). (USDOJ)

Firefighters make their way over the ruins of the World Trade Center through clouds of smoke as work continues at ground zero Thursday, Oct. 11, 2001, in New York, one month after the terrorist attacks on the Trade Center. (AP Photo/Stan Honda)

A rose floats in the reflecting pool at Ground Zero during the annual 9/11 memorial service September 11, 2010 in New York City. (Don Emmert/Getty Images)

The Tribute in Lights, seen while looking up from inside one of the two installations on the ninth anniversary of the attack on the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2010. (REUTERS/Eric Thayer)

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