For many Americans, the images of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, D.C, will be forever engrained in their memory. The photos taken of the attacks and the events after them are some of the most iconic images in American history.
Multiple newspapers, online media outlets and magazines printed the images of what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, and on the 14th anniversary of the attacks, these images remain a solemn reminder of one of America’s worst memories. People standing in the windows of the World Trade Center buildings; smoke and debris filling the skyline of Manhattan; firefighters carrying victims from the ashes; former United States President George W. Bush’s reaction when one of his staff members told him of the attacks: These are the just some of the images captured that day 14 years ago. These are the photos of the moments some people remember witnessing with their own eyes.
In the early morning of Sept. 11, 2001, hijackers flew plans into the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia near the United States capital of Washington, D.C. A third plane crashed into a field in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It is thought that the plane was intended to crash into either the White House or the Capitol in Washington, D.C. New York City’s tallest skyscraper along with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum were built on the site of the former World Trade Center buildings that were destroyed in the attack.
The attacks resulted in almost 3,000 deaths, making it the worst attack on American soil since the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor which thrust the United States into World War II. Each year memorial events are planned to commemorate the attacks and the victims who died as a result.
The World Trade Center south tower (L) is engulfed in flames after being struck by a hijacked plane as the north tower burns.Photo: Reuters
People look out of the windows of the burning North tower of the World Trade Center in New York City Sept. 11, 2001.Photo: Reuters
The wreck of the World Trade Center smoulders in the background as a man passes a subway stop after two planes crashed into each of the twin towers.Photo: Reuters
The remaining tower of New York's World Trade Center dissolves in a cloud of dust and debris about a half hour after the first twin tower collapsed.Photo: Reuters
The World Trade Center tower two turns into a mushroom cloud before falling to the ground.Photo: Reuters
A rescue helicopter surveys damage to the Pentagon as firefighters battle flames after an airplane crashed into the U.S. military
Headquarters outside of Washington, D.C. on Sept. 11, 2001.Photo: Reuters
Spectators watch smoke billow from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.Photo: Reuters
People walk away from the World Trade Center.Photo: Reuters
Former U.S. President George W. Bush listens as White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card informs him of a second plane hitting the World Trade Center, while Bush was conducting a reading seminar at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. Photo: Reuters
A group of firefighters walk amid rubble near the base of the destroyed south tower of the World Trade Center in New York on Sept. 11, 2001.Photo: Reuters
Investigators head into the debris field at the site of a commercial plane crash near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, Sept. 11, 2001. Photo: Reuters
A construction worker stands behind signs and flags hung from the scaffolding of a Times Square construction site in a tribute to the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center, in New York Sept. 13, 2001.Photo: Reuters
The U.S. flag-draped casket of hijacked American Airlines pilot Charles Burlingame is carried to his burial site in Arlington National Cemetery by an honor guard from the U.S. Navy, Dec. 12, 2001. The former Navy pilot was killed after the jetliner he was piloting was hijacked on Sept. 11, 2001, and crashed into the Pentagon. Photo: Reuters
A New York City firefighter places flowers and mementos from family members of the victims of the World Trade Center disaster amidst the wreckage following a memorial service for the victims of the 9/11 attack at the site in New York, Oct. 28, 2001.Photo: Reuters
Two columns of light representing the twin towers of the World Trade Center rise behind the Brooklyn Bridge in New York on Sept. 11, 2003. Photo: Reuters