Remembering 9/11 in Pictures

Indelible photos mark one of America's darkest days.

Remembrance and Rebuilding

Seen in May 2014, the new One World Trade Center rises above New York City, just steps from Ground Zero.

Terror on the Ground

At 9:03 a.m. ET, United Airlines Flight 175 crashed into the World Trade Center's south tower, as seen in a still from a video taken from the ground on September 11, 2001. By hijacking four planes, terrorists made a deadly attack.

Moment of Impact

Smoke and flames billow as United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the World Trade Center's south tower on 9/11, killing everyone aboard and hundreds more inside the building.

Fleeing the Fire

Driven to the brink by fires and scorching temperatures during the attacks, people near the top of the World Trade Center's north tower hang from windows as high as 1,300 feet above the streets of New York.

9/11 Firefighter

While most able-bodied occupants of the north tower fled down stairwells to safety, firefighters such as Mike Kehoe (pictured) headed up to help the wounded.

Attack on the Pentagon

A video still shows American Airlines Flight 77 slamming into the western side of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, at 9:37 a.m. ET on 9/11, claiming the lives of 59 persons onboard and 125 on the ground.

Before the Collapse

People evacuate New York City's Financial District on 9/11 as both World Trade Center towers burn.

Silent Witness

The twin towers burn behind one of New York City's iconic landmarks, the Empire State Building, on 9/11.

"Falling Man"

This famous photograph, known as "Falling Man," captures the plunge of an unknown victim of 9/11 from the north tower—one of many who jumped or fell to their deaths from the upper floors of the World Trade Center.

Frozen Moment

The World Trade Center's south tower collapsed at 9:59 a.m. ET on 9/11, bringing the disaster that had been unfolding far above the street crashing down to engulf those below.

Running for Their Lives

People run through the New York streets as the World Trade Center collapses behind them, blotting out blue skies and filling the air with enormous clouds of debris and ash.

Pentagon Fire

Firefighters battle a spreading blaze at the Pentagon.

Escaping New York

This inbound view of the Brooklyn Bridge shows a mass exodus as people walk out of a smoky and chaotic Manhattan.

Assisting the Wounded

A wounded man outside the Pentagon's west entrance receives medical help from emergency workers while a priest says prayers over him.

Enveloped in Ash

Marcy Borders is enveloped in ash after she escaped the World Trade Center's south tower to take shelter in the lobby of a nearby office building. She passed away in 2015.

Street in Ruins

A lone person stands on a New York City street, seen after the twin towers' collapse on 9/11.

Ground Zero

The smoldering remains of the World Trade Center lie at the center of what would soon be dubbed ground zero.

Aiding the Injured

Todd Heaney and Frankie DiLeo of Engine 209 help a fellow firefighter who was injured at the World Trade Center during 9/11.

Skyline, Forever Changed

The buildings of lower Manhattan are engulfed in clouds of smoke and debris as seen from Jersey City across the Hudson River shortly after the second tower collapsed on 9/11.

After the Crash

Smoke rises behind investigators on September 12 as they comb the Pennsylvania field where United Airlines Flight 93 crashed. The plane was among four hijacked on 9/11 but crashed after interference from passengers.

9/11 Rescuers

An injured rescue worker is pulled from the rubble of the World Trade Center on September 13, 2001.

Direct Evidence

This picture of a piece of United Airlines Flight 93 lying in a Pennsylvania field was introduced as evidence during the trial that linked Zacarias Moussaoui to the 9/11 attacks. He was sentenced to life without parole in 2006.

The President's Men

U.S. President George W. Bush comforts New York City firefighter Lenard Phelan during a September 14 visit to ground zero. Phelan's brother Kenneth, also a firefighter, was among hundreds of New York firefighters missing in the wake of the attacks.

Ruined Apartment

Seen on September 14, an apartment on Liberty Street in lower Manhattan is a burned-out shell following the collapse of the World Trade Center during the 9/11 attacks.

Faces of the Fallen

People on a New York City street scan pictures of the many police and fire personnel still missing in the wake of the attacks as of September 28, 2001.

Rising From the Rubble

On October 9, nearly a month after 9/11, the rubble of the World Trade Center's south tower still smoldered.


The eight-acre 9/11 Memorial Park opened on the tenth anniversary of the attacks. It includes two pools set in the footprints of the original twin towers and the names of the 2,983 victims.

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This story was originally published on September 11, 2016, and was updated on September 11, 2018 to reflect current news.

Seventeen years later, the attacks of September 11, 2001, are still fresh in the memories of many Americans.

Nearly 3,000 people in New York, Virginia, and Pennsylvania lost their lives on 9/11 after terrorists orchestrated by Osama bin Laden hijacked airplanes as weapons. As the years pass, suffering continues alongside the memorializing—among those who lost loved ones and by survivors who sustained injuries or who were forever changed by the horrific events—even as the country, and the world, changes.

Now, the site of the New York City attacks is home to One World Trade Center, the tallest building in the Western Hemisphere and a marker of resilience in the face of tragedy. There are also memorials near the Pentagon and in Stoystown, Pennsylvania.

This year, to honor the anniversary, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum in New York City—which opened in 2014—will host its annual 9/11 Commemoration Ceremony, followed by the " Tribute in Light", in the evening, with twin beams of light representing the World Trade Center buildings illuminating the New York City skyline from 3 p.m. to midnight Eastern time.

The events will complement the permanent parts of the museum that document the tragedy of that day. Clifford Chanin, vice president of education and public programs at the museum, said in a previous interview that “many of the images from 9/11 still convey the rawness and brutality of the attack … they still have the capacity to shock.”

Warning: This gallery contains graphic content. 


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