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Seven years since -- looking back and forward on 9/11

Tomorrow marks a somber anniversary, seven years since the attacks of September 11th, 2001. Nearly 3,000 people from 90 different countries were killed that day, in New York City, at the Pentagon in Virginia, and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. While the damaged Pentagon has been rebuilt, plans are still underway for a memorial in Pennsylvania, and construction has only recently gotten underway on the memorial at Ground Zero, the former site of the World Trade Center in New York City. On that same site, the new Freedom Tower has been under construction since 2006, and will hopefully be completed by 2012, reaching 1,776 feet above Manhattan's skyline. Here is a brief look back, several views from today, and a peek into the future of these sites. (21 photos total)

Tourists look out over the construction taking place on the World Trade Center site in New York City, two days before the seventh anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. (REUTERS/Chip East)
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308 comments so far...

no words...

Posted by Jack September 10, 08 11:59 AM

crazy. thank you as always big picture.

Posted by thomas September 10, 08 12:06 PM

Memorials are to could we forget?

Posted by Ryan September 10, 08 12:09 PM

Great collection but it is certainly lacking something obvious...

184 dead at the Pentagon and not even a photo. This is the first site that will have a finished memorial built at the site of an attack and not a single photo?

Posted by John September 10, 08 12:20 PM

As usual, you come through....

Posted by Blake J. Nolan September 10, 08 12:27 PM

thank for sharing these pictures

Posted by Rachel September 10, 08 12:28 PM

In a day and age when 9/11 and the Global War on Terror is forgotten, thank you for the incredible pictures which remind us that, no matter Republican, Democrat, or Independent, there are people in this world who seek our destruction. In Fall of 2005, I deployed to Iraq to support OPERATION IRAQI FREEDOM, and passed by NYC. I remember touching the window in remembrance of those horrible attacks knowing I would face Al-Qaeda in Iraq. Thank you for posting pictures which, for me, equaled that moment. I have been looking for the one with the man standing before our flag and you have found it!

May God bless America!

Posted by Mark September 10, 08 12:29 PM

John - agreed, there are a LOT of images missing from this collection. It is in no way meant to be comprehensive, it couldn't be. There were a few images of the Pentagon Memorial available to me, but none were of the quality I try to maintain here, so they did not make the cut. Hopefully the link to the Pentagon memorial above will suffice. If anyone else has useful, relevant links to such images, feel free to post them here.

Posted by alan taylor September 10, 08 12:30 PM

#8 strikes me down.

Posted by Van Anh September 10, 08 12:30 PM

never, never forget.
United we stand

Posted by Umberto September 10, 08 12:31 PM

Memorials are to remember... for us and our childrens

Posted by Zythom September 10, 08 12:38 PM

Congrats John... it only took four comments before someone like you could turn in a negative comment. You should applaud yourself. Why can't you take it for what it is... a series of heartwrenching photos. Every event, race, political stance, religion, sex does not always need to represented in each photo group for it to be appreciated.

Big Picture... great work as always.

Posted by me me me September 10, 08 12:47 PM

i got teary seeing this but it's a nice tribute. I am a Boston born man, living in the UK.........God bless all ..........

Posted by Joe September 10, 08 12:50 PM

I am at a loss... I can still remember that morning. So scary still. I was glued to the tv this weekend watching all the shows on this terrible anniversary.

Posted by Tara September 10, 08 12:53 PM

may we never forget

Posted by Vivian September 10, 08 12:53 PM

Thank you for this tribute. this year it will be harder than before. My brother was a First Responder and on 12/17/07 passed away from an illness he contracted from working at Ground Zero. Tomorrow would have been his 37th birthday. He was and always will be our hero. While these phots have me crying right now, they'll always remind me of all the brave souls that we lost that day and beyond, and those who were there to help and care.
thanks again.

Posted by jenne foronjy-travers September 10, 08 12:55 PM

"In a day and age when 9/11 and the Global War on Terror is forgotten"

No it is not. We commit billions of dollars to fighting the war and 9/11 is constantly referenced, especially in New York City.

Posted by AM September 10, 08 12:59 PM

After 7 years only a prayer for people died in that terrible day.

Posted by DLT September 10, 08 01:02 PM

Heavens, I can't believe how much this still hurts; how this can still make one's heart actually ache. I feel for our Country tomorrow as we remember our brave Americans who lost their lives on that day, our brave Americans who continue to live with reminders every day of this tragedy and we must not forget our brave soldiers continuing to fight for our freedoms.

God Bless America

Posted by Just a Mom in Andover, MA September 10, 08 01:02 PM

Photo 16: what construction? Is this all that's been completed in the years since the attack?

Posted by kevin in FL September 10, 08 01:03 PM

Mark (6): Thank you for your service. It is because of people like you that we have remained safe at home. You have provided us the luxury to criticize your every move and belittle all your accomplishments. Rest assured most Americans understand and appreciate what you and your brothers have done for your countrymen.

Never forget. Never forgive. Never again.

Posted by Greg September 10, 08 01:04 PM

The loss of life that day is incomprehensible. It is here, now that we survive. Our will to remain strong, our purpose of being free. In a time of political divisions, we must stand and unite. This country is more than a land mass. It is a beacon for all those around the world to come to. Its light brightens the darkness of the world. Its vision is the cure for all of the world’s blindness. Its compassion, the cure to all the world's grief. Let’s not forget. For the generations to come and for those who have sacrificed all to bring us to this point, we must never forget.

Posted by Dan September 10, 08 01:06 PM

Sept 11th is one of those days you never forget where you were when it happened. My parents talked about when JFK was assassinated and how they remember it like it was yesterday and now I understand.

Posted by Spanish Class September 10, 08 01:07 PM

These images and the feelings evoked from them will always be torturous. But as we carry our memories into this next anniversary, it is imperative that we embrace as a nation and recognize that our most important task is not war or violent retribution. It is instilling and practicing the solemn, humanistic oaths that can once again make the United States a leader in global affairs.

Posted by Kevin September 10, 08 01:29 PM

Bom, que todas as pessoas que ali estavam, justamente no pior momento do mundo, uma luz e muita paz para as familias...
Meus sinceros votos.
Sidney de Souza

Posted by Sidney de Souza September 10, 08 01:31 PM

Almost 1,033,000 iraqi civilian deaths as a result of the war on terror ..
Sadly they have been forgotten...

Posted by Sam September 10, 08 01:34 PM

Photo 14 makes me sick to my stomach. Two holes in the ground and a cement park are a terrible way to waste the space left behind by the towers. I can't think of anything that would please terrorists more than a pair of ugly scars on the face of the earth where great buildings once stood.

I'm not suggesting that we should rebuild the towers exactly as they were. We should build a new and better structure that serves the same purpose. That would be a statement to the world that this country was not defeated by the 9/11 attack and has ability to heal itself and move on no matter how much damage terrorists can do to us.

Posted by Barry September 10, 08 01:35 PM

These terrorists are still at work trying to do this again.


Posted by Jim Smith September 10, 08 01:37 PM
29., I never knew the smoke went up 250 miles into the sky

what a tragedy :(

Posted by ryan September 10, 08 01:38 PM

thank you,

Posted by sean September 10, 08 01:41 PM

To the person who mentioned Iraq and God bless America: That's insulting for those of us who work for an airline and for those of us who were on an airplane that day at Logan at the same terminal where the hijackers left from and for those of us who still work for the airlines who have had our quality of life decline since then because of absurd foreign policy. God and Iraq had nothing to do with it.

That said, Sept. 11, 2001 was the most bizarre and saddest day of my life and one that I can't possibly forget. I am personally affected by the people having intentionally crashed airplanes into buildings every single day of my life. I think the memorial to the people on the airplanes at Logan is supremely appropriate.

Posted by Robin September 10, 08 01:42 PM

Kevin - comment 21. Agree wholeheartedly.

Posted by Justin Buckland September 10, 08 01:43 PM

Remember, this was the second attack on the WTC. The first was during the Clinton years.

The fact that the U.S. government acted only after the second attack shows how irresponsible they can be.

It's insane what it takes before people take action.

Posted by Hax Or September 10, 08 01:45 PM

I will make it a point to visit the 9/11 memorial next time I travel to Boston.

May we never forget...

Posted by Lou September 10, 08 01:50 PM

It's a pity that so many people in the world who should be able to comment here and express sympathy or outrage, cannot, or dare not.

Freedom - worth fighting for.

Well done Alan, your selections are, as always, extremely good.

Posted by Jon T September 10, 08 01:50 PM

It's still painful to see those images of destruction.

This is not a complaint. Just a comment.

Posted by Ben Rosengart September 10, 08 02:01 PM

it also was the starting point for the massive assasination of thousands and thousands of inocent people on irak and afganistan.

SAY NO TO WAR. it only will bring more disgraces

Posted by teddy September 10, 08 02:12 PM

thank you for all those who helped and risked their lives to help those who needed help.

Posted by Debra Valentin September 10, 08 02:18 PM

Seven years ago today, my son was just out of Army basic training.
Six months ago today, he was killed in Iraq.
Seven years ago tomorrow is the reason, or so they say. I will never be sure, not that it matters now. I have lost interest in caring about the politics of who did what and why. When lives are ripped from existence by violence, whether in the trade center, in the pentagon or along a deserted dirt road in Iraq, reasons become irrelevant. The perpetrators are all criminals, regardless of religion, race, or politics.
My son will never call me again, never play with his own baby son, or grow old with his wife.
May we never forget. May we stop the insanity.

Posted by Grieving Mother September 10, 08 02:23 PM

I do get a lump in my throat and tears welling up when I see images of that day. I did not know anyone who passed away. I cannot imagine the fear those brave people had felt. God bless.

Posted by Leanne September 10, 08 02:25 PM

I thought I had gotten pretty close to okay in my head, but seeing the pictures made me feel sick all over again. I am glad we will not forget.

Posted by April September 10, 08 02:26 PM

A memorial is something that we survivers do out of respect to the relatives of the victims so that they know that they will never be forgotten for their presence in this world not matter if we ever met them or not but they made in impact in our lives when tragety striked, so let us all remember that this is a time to come together in prayer and join together in a bond to protect our country and fight for it and to the family memebers and friends of all of those lost but not forgotten in this tragety may god bless you all and keep their spirits alive in memory day after day

Posted by Eunice September 10, 08 02:28 PM

My heart aches.The pictures take me to my knees again.

Posted by Celestino A. Gomez September 10, 08 02:29 PM

To Barry:

The monument in the ground is not a scar, it is remembrance. The area that held the World Trade Towers was very large, and they ARE building new buildings in their place. Look at the picture of the future of the World Trade Center and you will understand that we are actually building towers to replace the old ones. The monument is just an added piece

Posted by kk September 10, 08 02:35 PM

I am sitting at my desk on the 39th floor of my office in the financial district of Boston gazing out at the airport and watching the incomming and outgoing of the planes doing their daily routes. My eyes are welling up with tears as I look at the photos and remember. Surprised to feel this much emotion 7 years later, but happy that as human being that I have these emotions to feel, and will never forget that morning.

Posted by Gary September 10, 08 02:44 PM

sad and beautiful.

Posted by The Aitch September 10, 08 02:45 PM

We will never forget, united we stand

Posted by paul September 10, 08 02:47 PM

Can we ever bring justice to those who planned this inexcusable atrocity? I can only hope the answer is yes.

Posted by Jack September 10, 08 02:55 PM

Still haunts me! Even though I wasn't there or knew anyone directly affected. So many thoughts are with the people who were affected.

Posted by Haley's comet September 10, 08 03:00 PM

Thank you for posting these pictures. May we never forget those brutal images and innocent lives that were taken from us on September 11th, 2001. Unfortunately there are still terrorists today who plot to kill innocent people and destroy our beloved country. May we all put our political views aside tommorrow and stand UNITED in prayer and remembrance of those victims and heroes we lost seven years ago. May we teach are children to honor and respect those fallen on that tragic day. May we never let our guard down and build a stronger America so that we are never again attacked on our own soil. May our love of country be everlasting and forever- "God Bless America, my home, sweet home!"

Posted by Bob Clattenburg September 10, 08 03:06 PM

First, thank you - The Big Picture is at the top of my RSS feed list. I have enjeyed each and every collection of photos so far,

Second, I have to stop typing. I can't see through my tears now. God bless and save us all.

The memories are so vivid.

Posted by Brian September 10, 08 03:21 PM

Down with Osama

Posted by american September 10, 08 03:29 PM

Teddy is a moron.. No one wants war, but sometimes it's needed. Should we have got involved in ww2??? Or just let Hitler go wild. People like you don't get life or the world.. There is pure evil out there and it must be confronted. People like you would have let Germany and Japan become the rulers of the world. Please get a clue. God lord

Posted by Ryan September 10, 08 03:35 PM

My middle school daughter has an assignment this evening to write a "9/11" letter. It is supposed to be a letter similar to the letters the plane victims of 9/11 wrote to their families when they knew they were probably going to die. I cried just at the description of her assignment. My daughter asked me if I was crying because I knew one of the people who died - but I explained that we don't have to know people to feel their pain. I think it is the perfect assignment to use when talking about 9/11. It sparked a very valuable conversation between my daughter and I and it made us both think about that day and about making sure your loved ones know how you feel about them.

Posted by mary September 10, 08 03:36 PM

To Grieving are in my are all those who have died since 9/11 and continue to die daily in this long-lasting war. When will it end?

Posted by Hulananni September 10, 08 03:50 PM

Imressive and sad collection...


Posted by Alex September 10, 08 03:51 PM

TO #39.....I want to convey something to you and cannot find the appropriate words. Your loss is so terrible and I am so very sorry. Each life lost destroys a whole family.

Posted by stljoie September 10, 08 04:38 PM

I lost friends that day. I live in lower Manhattan. I watched the buildings go down and breathed that stuff in for weeks afterwards. I still get choked up and will never forget.

I am insulted by the people who continue to conflate that attack with the war in Iraq and with the need to "fight for freedom." Protecting ourselves is one thing, but sending all our money to another state that had NOTHING TO DO WITH THE ATTACKS in order to enrich certain US interests is another.

I was all for attacking Afghanistan, chasing Bin Laden - which we screwed up - and even coming down on the Saudis - which we failed to do. This endless, meaningless war has nothing to do with "stopping terrorism," an idea that we ought to examine before we ruin our country trying to achieve it. What we did when we went into Iraq was play right into the hands of the "terrorists." They love using our presence there as a way to recruit more people around the world.

Why are we there? Whose freedom?

I lost relatives in other wars of ours defending freedom. They did not die in vain. They would have said the same things I am saying here. True patriotism is not lockstep viral nationalism.

If we really wanted to honor those who died, including my friends, we would try to build this country up and not send our tax dollars overseas in a meaningless war.

I am tired of idiots hijacking a tragic event to justify their ends.

Posted by Peavey September 10, 08 05:01 PM

Thanks for showing us these pictures, pictures that help us reflect on the event so f9/11 and help us to pay tribute to those most directly affected.

With that in mind, I've written and recorded two brand new songs as a way of reminding Americans (and especially hard-core liberals who seem to have a short memory when it comes to that) of the events of 9/11, and the need to keep this country safe from the ongoing threat of terrorism.

I've had a little trouble logging in with my present user name and email (probably due to nothing more than incompetence on my part), but you are welcome to post the following if you feel visitors of your site would be interested:

The songs have been newly added to the ever-expanding online edition of the CD, One September Mournin', featured her in the Sacramento Bee,

Widow in the Wake of 9/11
Words and music by Dr BLT copyright 2008

The American Dream
Words and music by Dr BLT copyright 2008

For more information on the One September Mournin' CD, visit the following site and hit the "music" link:

Posted by Bruce September 10, 08 05:21 PM

Sad to the people who killed in the 911 tragedy and in Iraq war...

But don't forget...there still no weapons of mass destruction in Iraq...

They should also build memorials for troops who killed in Iraq and Iraqi peoples (Innocent Man, women and children) who died by American bombs.

Good bless us all

Posted by Hillman September 10, 08 05:57 PM

Thank you Bush

Posted by tom edwards September 10, 08 06:13 PM

Great! I hope see published here photos of Large Hadron Collider.

Posted by Silvio September 10, 08 06:27 PM

Sam: post 27:
I agree with you

Posted by Mar September 10, 08 10:11 PM

My precious sister and colleague were killed in the World Trade Center. Thank you for helping us all to remember what happened - we lost so many wonderful lives that day.

Posted by Aimee September 10, 08 10:20 PM

There are many sites for you "hate Bush 24/7" people to spread your venom. This should not be one of them. Go away!

Posted by Bones September 10, 08 10:51 PM

To #58-Peavy and #65-Bones:

Well said, Peavy.

Those of us who hate Bush for the wasteful and divisive way he mis-handled this tragedy have every right to our positions and we will NOT go away.

Posted by Michael Murphy September 10, 08 11:59 PM

I only hope that we as Americans can not only "never forget" 9/11 but also never forget that our leader put us in a war where, along with our fellow American soldiers, countless men, women and children wave been killed. And for what? Where is Osama Bin Laden? Huh? What happened to Afghanistan? No-one is asking these questions. Fellow Americans, I plead that while remembering the horrible events on 9/11, that you do not become blinded by a lust for revenge. Please remain thoughtful and consider the broad new realities of this new and complicated world. And one more thing. I'm 100% American. I support our freedom and our way of life. I also support the independence and free thought this country was founded on. Let's not lose it. - Great pics once again Big Picture.

Posted by T.C. September 11, 08 12:02 AM

Thank you for the pictures.

Posted by Cindy Deitering September 11, 08 12:36 AM

It is a big tragedy to human being

Posted by Sasha September 11, 08 12:46 AM

will this be built to take down too? lets pray not.

Posted by anon September 11, 08 12:51 AM

The caption on #4 is inaccurate, or at least poorly worded. It reads, in part, "...twin towers of World Trade Center burn after two planes crashed into each." That makes it sound as if a total of four planes crashed into the towers.

Anyway, sorry to nitpick. Great site, and nice choices. I think it's interesting to see the site today.

Posted by Matt September 11, 08 01:22 AM

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Posted by anon September 11, 08 03:01 AM

Post 58 - Peavey ---

So much to agree with you - they didn't do the right thing afterwards. Thank's for your comment!!!

Posted by captaingaby September 11, 08 03:14 AM

This isn't hating on Bush. It is being bothered by the fact that so many people freak out over less than 3,000 people dying (all of whom they probably didn't know, I'm from Manhattan and I didn't know any!) when we have killed over 1 MILLION in their name.

1 Million.....2 Thousand....hmmmmmmm

Thank you TBP for these incredible photos of a tragic day. May we cease to fool ourselves that we are preventing another from happening by killing so many more.

Posted by Mattan Ingram September 11, 08 03:20 AM

Never forget this tragedy and act of war
The war ends with the end of those who started
We must fight !

Jeph from France

Posted by Jeph September 11, 08 03:53 AM

Sad story.
They broadcasted a review of events on a channel here in Belgium. I still get chills when I see the second plane hitting the tower two - you realize it was no accident. Like they label it "the day that changed the world".

Posted by September 11, 08 03:59 AM

beautiful pictures - sad and thoughtful moment in history....

Posted by Jan September 11, 08 04:13 AM

A tragic day used for political ends to unleash a great evil upon the world and to slowly erode the freedoms they're allegedly fighting for.

Posted by McCain08 September 11, 08 05:35 AM

in memoriam
we will never forget those brave people who died during the attacks

Posted by cas from GER September 11, 08 05:58 AM


Posted by RUSSELL September 11, 08 07:20 AM

Wow... I get chills every time I think about that day. May we never forget

Boston Soldier living in Colorado

Posted by Jessie September 11, 08 07:49 AM

To This is a vivid reminder of a day that no American will ever forget and was beautifully portrayed. However, you should NEVER have allowed the posting of #72's comment. People like that should be stoned to death, just like in the olden days. What was he thinking and what are you allowing? And to #36, if the photos were too painful to look at, why did you??? #39, you are brave and my condolences go out to you. And, one Mark, thank you for your service, you do this country proud.

If I sound angry today, I am. I am angry that this country is a target for the world and the current administration has done NOTHING to make us feel any safer. Instead of killing Iraqi civilians, we should have all our troops hunting down Osama. I fear for the world that my grandchildren will grow up in.

Posted by Not Happy September 11, 08 08:10 AM

EMOTIONS: All a cause of emotions, or heat of the moment, a moment of madness that in one day lives were wiped clean.. These innocent people, just living their lives, going to work, keeping the world spinning and society developing.. all because of a group of emotional angry people wanted to cause pain and death amongst these people. Who would have thought humans are capable of such danger and have built up such tremendous evil power and actions!! ... i dont get it
Its not acceptable and damm right wrong!! Its a scary world if things like this can happen, but thanks for the images to see how much of an effect this tragedy has even years later.. Some real good moments captured and can be hard for some viewers to see...

Posted by Passion08 September 11, 08 08:16 AM

7 years on still hurts.Michael from England.

Posted by michael shiers September 11, 08 08:23 AM

Thank you for the pictures. When I viewed them, a rush of sadness and anger swept over me.
So many lives lost over these past seven years. When will the dying end?
May peace and love come to all...

Posted by Chris September 11, 08 08:25 AM

I too worked for the Airlines the morning of 9/11. I will never, ever forget that day. Seeing these hijackers checking in at the Ticket Counter that I was in charge of and never in my wildest dreams could I have ever believed what would end up happening. It still haunts me. Seeing all these photos brings the tears flowing back as they do every time I think about the events of that day. I remember the passengers that we met, the collegues that we lost, the families that came to the airport so grief stricken and there was nothing that we were able to do to comfort them because we too were grieving, and let's never forget the heroes in NY that were lost doing what they did best, saving lives. May we never forget this day.

I know that I never will.

Posted by Dee September 11, 08 08:25 AM

Thank God George W. Bush was President - Commander & Chief on September 11, 2001rather than the "environmentalist".

Posted by Bob Kirschner September 11, 08 08:35 AM

Hey, mynameisbob (posting 72). I hope your sarcasm comes back to haunt you some day. Very immature posting.

Posted by KB September 11, 08 08:42 AM

Still hurts 7 years later.....Never Forget.

Posted by TimT September 11, 08 08:46 AM

beautiful pictures...

Posted by Anonymous September 11, 08 08:47 AM

We still feel pain here in France too.


>>> Ryan / Post 29: ..... 250 miles? Read again :)

Posted by Drix September 11, 08 08:55 AM

I can't even imagine how a group of people could just throw life away like that and affect millions of people worldwide, it's sickening to think of.

Posted by Thomas Hall September 11, 08 08:55 AM

I am a teacher and my class is speechless, today on this memorial of sorrow we pay our respects and the pictures remind us of the terrible event that affected everyone who calls themselves an American.

Posted by vera ventura September 11, 08 08:57 AM

Such beautiful pictures of such a terrible day. God bless us.

Posted by Sparky September 11, 08 09:07 AM

There is no one who can hear or say the numbers 911 ever again without feeling a deep sense of sadness. I will always remember his day as we all should and keep the victims, survivors, and their familes in our prayers. God bless us all. Peace.

Posted by Judy September 11, 08 09:08 AM

Desde Buenos Aires los abrazo a todos los amigos y familiares de las víctimas inocentes de los atentados del 11 de septiembre. Aquí, en Argentina, desde tan lejos ese día también estuvimos de luto, porque fue un golpe para toda la humanidad.
La "sin razón" no puede triunfar. La paz tiene que estar en los corazones de todos los que sentimos que ese día el mundo cambió... para bien, porque desde ese 11 de septiembre ya nadie puede tener los ojos cerrados.


Posted by Angélica September 11, 08 09:15 AM

Nearer My God To Thee

Posted by Jonny D September 11, 08 09:17 AM

I did not cry on 9/11/01, I did not cry when they showed the pictures over and over again. I think I was in shock. But now I look at these pictures and the tears flow without stopping. Why? The memories they brought back, the stories that are all linked to this one incident. The devastation of lives lost. Mothers grieving for the children lost in wars. The innocent victims of all wars, the changes that this has brought to our shores.

How can we forget!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Claudette September 11, 08 09:26 AM

We shall never forget 9/11/01 United WE Stand

Posted by Richard P Turner USN RET September 11, 08 09:27 AM

I am proud to have assisted on a dig team, seven years later-it feels like seven days-probably will never leave WTC in some ways-god bless those who were lost and those who have loss!

Posted by Evan September 11, 08 09:28 AM

thank you for the pictures, as vivid as they are. my brother was there, but
survived. seven years later and it still hurts...

Posted by cj September 11, 08 09:41 AM

Comment expressed through poetry:

Forever Found
Rose Ursino

Posted by Rose September 11, 08 09:43 AM


Posted by NIKKI September 11, 08 09:45 AM

Totally agree with you Peavey, # 58 and feel sad for those who lost their lifes on WTC and Iraq...
And for those who lost their lifes each day around the world for stupid causes like this...

Just by curiosity: Does any one who comment here have seen "Zeitgeist", the movie? If so, what's the opinion?

From a Brazilian and also AMERICAN citzen,

Posted by Otto September 11, 08 09:48 AM

Very little makes me cry these days, but this site has, few people like me here in birmingham england won't relate to this tragedy, from good comes evil, and from evil comes good, God the largely unknown being , bless you all, amen.

Posted by Michael Barnett September 11, 08 09:53 AM

I agree with the questioning of mynameisBob's post--what did he mean to say that the pictures make him smile????? Weirdo. For sure

Posted by Sandy September 11, 08 09:55 AM

i live in boston and will never forget that awful morning! my heart goes out to all of the family's affected by these horrible terrorist! may god bless you! and to comment #72 you should be ashamed of yourself ! to think these horrific images could ever make anyone smile is sick! and a constent reminder of all the evil that exist in this world! lets try to heal and be a better world!

Posted by cindy September 11, 08 10:01 AM

Thank you for the pictures, Big Picture. Still devastating as ever, as they will always be.

To Mark (#6) - thank you for your service. Know that there are many of us who truly value what you do for our country, each and every day.

To Jenne Foronjy-Travers (#16), my heart goes out to you and your family for your loss. Please also know that Americans dearly appreciate all of the first responders who worked so hard to help in the rescue for the weeks after this tragedy.

To Grieving Mother (#39) - gentle hugs to you. Your pain is our pain. I hope it lessens a little bit with time, although I know it will never go away. The hurt will always be there; the ache in the heart, the tears in the eyes. Moreso on remembrance days such as today.

The world changed in an instant on that beautiful, bright fall day in 2001. Remember all of those who lost their lives and stand tall for those who continue to fight for freedom around the world.

Posted by Linda September 11, 08 10:04 AM

Comment #39, Grieving Mother:
Your post and your comments brought forth every emotion I had hoped to induce with mine! Thank you for sharing such personal thoughts. They are relevant to anyone/everyone reading this board (not to mention, very well-written).

I saw the Manhattan tragedy in person; every 9/11 since I've made every effort to stay away from TV shows, online memorials, news coverage. For some reason, this year I'm enraged by the LACK of attention...? I'm really struggling this year, for no logical reason I can think of. In an attempt to find an outlet for my confusion, I threw on my "f#ck bush!" t-shirt under my corporate work attire this morning, and headed to the office. It accomplishes nothing, but in a small (twisted? i see it as patriotic) way, the rage I've had for 7 years...felt for the families of victims both in the US and stays fresh. I love this country; I never want to forget. thank you,

Posted by elle-tee September 11, 08 10:06 AM

I believe that this day should be a day to remember for ever that we need to be strong and pray loud for help because there are a lot of people with wrong religions but also with no heart, but i believe that God will reconmpesed all the loss that this beautifull country had, God Bless America . I hope that we remember every single day that this country is our treasure and that we need to fight for it. God Bless all the people who live in this country

Posted by lucy September 11, 08 10:11 AM

Will we ever know the real truth? The pain and suffering will be with the family and friends of those lost for ever. The images left behind for our children and their children will never be erased. My heart goes out to all those who lost loved ones in the events of 9-11-01, and the rescuers who perished trying to save them.

Posted by Bill Gillis September 11, 08 10:21 AM

For all of you spitting political venom, shame on you. Today is about remembering and honoring those that lost their lives in this tragedy. If you think the policies of this country are so horrendous, here's an idea.... get out. Cowards!! You want to sit back and enjoy the luxury of personal freedom and safety all the while criticizing the very people that are protecting you. You have the unrestricted freedom to do that in this great country, but I've never been able to figure out why people like you stay here. There is no doubt that this great nation is not perfect, but I believe in my heart that we are the world's protector and, in that role, there has been some horrible collateral damage. But everything we do as a country is about saving lives and protecting freedom. If you cannot see that, it must be tough to be you.

Posted by Robin September 11, 08 10:31 AM

Bless those children that lost their parents in this terrible tragedy! Let them grow up to see that this nation will never forget them! GOD BLESS!!

Posted by Carolyn September 11, 08 10:55 AM

Thank you for your photos. You captured some amazing shots.

My heart goes out to anyone who lost someone or who's life will never be the same because of this horrible day in history.

Thank you for all those who have gone to fight for freedom and the safety of the US. You are the bravest people I know and I admire your courage.

God Bless you

Posted by Claire Donnelly September 11, 08 10:55 AM

Today is a day to remember, and reflect about those lost on that day and those lost since that day at war and at home. Ordinary people doing extraordinary things.
Never forget!!!!

Posted by Mark September 11, 08 11:00 AM

So very sad. Beautiful photos. It still makes me sob when I see any reminders.

Posted by LittleEthel September 11, 08 11:06 AM

Along with the respect that is due to the victims families,we owe it to ourselves to rethink our Israel/middle east policies to keep this from happening again.
Yes it was definitely due to those policies,Alqaida didn't do this because "they hated our freedoms" or they would have attacked Switzerland and Iceland as well..

Posted by Rick September 11, 08 11:09 AM

I look at those and feel chills go through me. I remember that day so well and still think that it couldn't have possibly happened.

Posted by Kara P. September 11, 08 11:13 AM

Thank you Ashok.K.P.

Posted by Ashok September 11, 08 11:14 AM

Never forget!! Never again!!!

Posted by alvaro cuadros September 11, 08 11:15 AM

Beautiful pictures but its all a little pointless if we let the people responsible for this get away... We need a thorough independent investigation into all the events surrounding 9/11 and reclaim America...

Posted by Missing America September 11, 08 11:16 AM

Unfortunately, the memorials that pay tribute to the innocent lives lost only serve as a reminder of how successful the arabs were in attacking us. We should have bombed the living crap out of bagdad the following day and announced, an attack from one arab upon the U.S.A. will be treated like an attack from any and all arabs. Any more crap, mecca is next........

Posted by Shawn September 11, 08 11:17 AM

people need to get over 9/11 its getting like princess Diana in England. In the grand scheme of things its so not that big of a deal.

Posted by lol September 11, 08 11:18 AM

So where are the pictures of Bush sitting on his a** in a Florida classroom doing nothing for 20 minutes?

Posted by TH September 11, 08 11:28 AM

As #1 words. Very moving and my heart & prayers are with all those families and friends who lost someone on that day; every anniversary must be so painful.

Posted by Cindy September 11, 08 11:30 AM

Be grateful that the war is on foriegn ground and not on our soil. Our Soldiers sacrifice their lives so that we may have the luxury to live our way of life. Be glad that you do not have gunfire and explosions in your front lawn.

Thank every Soldier that you see or meet.

Posted by Ino Ambu September 11, 08 11:35 AM

I was in NYC on 9/9/01, and that was the first time I had seen the Towers and that whole area close up. I had the next day off from the trip and went back to work in Boston on 9/11. We had heard everything that was going on during the Howard Stern Show and knew we had to get out. I will never forget that day 7 years ago. I got teary eyed on my way to work this morning at the first American Flag I saw waving. The pictures are amazing, I saw some interesting shows on History and Discovery over the weekend also. My heart goes out to all the families that were destroyed by this tragedy as well as the ongoing war. May we never forget and let their memory live on.

Posted by DpAz September 11, 08 11:35 AM

Thank you for these pictures, never should we forget what happened that day. The pictures help to remind us of that day, the pain and the shock we felt. Please, use this day to remember and to unite. Forget politics and the bickering that is going on currently in our country, today is about those lost, and those who have survived living with the pain of losing loved ones.

I was raised to believe in our country and believe that we can survive anything, we survived these attacks, they have made us stronger. DO NOT FORGET THIS, DO NOT FORGET THIS DAY! It is not something that should only be thought about once a year, it should be something remembered by all every day we have air to breathe.

My heart goes out to all who have been touched by this day

Posted by Boston Student September 11, 08 11:36 AM

i PROMISED, I wouldn't cry at work. .but that last couple got me teared up.

Amazing how fresh the wounds still are. I hate being sappy, but it's true.

Posted by paul September 11, 08 11:39 AM

" Sad for the world , if not for the knowledge that God listens when I cry."
God bless them all.

Posted by Daniel September 11, 08 11:44 AM

I'm sitting here, with tears streaming down my face, looking at the photos, and listening to the names of the dead being read off on TV.


Posted by Frank September 11, 08 11:47 AM

I live in a suburb west of Boston, 7 miles from Logan. A man in our town (husband, father, son, brother, uncle, friend, etc.) was on one of the planes and at the memorial that was held shortly thereafter, the father was expressing all emotions. Anger was the one that struck me the most. I was compelled to stand up and say how each one of us can act in hateful ways on any given day and it is imperative to contribute towards making our world more peaceful by opening our hearts and being mindful of the ways in which we can transform that anger, hate, etc. into a more positive energy flow. As I recall the power struggle I was caught up in yesterday with a woman in the parking lot these pictures brought my own words to the forefront of what I want to remember everyday. As I sob over these pictures I am truly sorry for my own transgressions and commit to opening my heart towards others even more. It just feels like a small part, but I hope it helps us heal and move towards peace. My heart goes out to all those in pain. Blessings.

Posted by heartfelt blessings September 11, 08 11:48 AM

To lol, #123:

What kind of person are you? Nearly 3000 of our people were murdered that day, and you call it not that big a deal?

Perhaps it's a shame that you were not one of them.

Posted by Frank September 11, 08 11:59 AM

No disrespect to the people that died or the event but the biggest problem with memorials is, it brings out the thoughtless, blood thirsty, kill everyone that's not exactly like me, rabble.

Shawn (122) The terrorists didn't come from Bagdad. Every Arab is not a terrorist. Every Muslim is not a terrorist. In fact, that attitude that we now claim the right to attack any brown people we want with righteous indignation, has taken our eye off the target. Bin Ladin is alive and well thanks to that attitude and the decision to attack Bagdad instead of the actual terrorists.

Me, I'd like to see us catch the Guy who actually did this.

Posted by Eline McBride September 11, 08 12:01 PM

The loss of life that day is not comparable to the loss of lives EVERYDAY in a war created and pursued by your US military.

Posted by CANADIAN September 11, 08 12:10 PM

Take note...thank you for the sharing. I just witnessed 100s of citizens going in to get sworn in at Faneuil Hall Boston MA USA.

God bless us all.

Posted by Daniel Hines September 11, 08 12:15 PM

On behalf of all native New Yorkers, we would like you to know that none of us are calling the building that's going up at the WTC site the "Freedom Tower".

We all think that's an incredibly trite and stupid name.

The vast majority of New Yorkers are calling it the World Trade Center. Like this:

"Hey, I need to get down to J&R, should I take the 103 to city hall or the subway down to the World Trade Center?"

Posted by Yttrx Stein September 11, 08 12:20 PM

God Bless America!
This is against my religion, Islam.
I send all my condolences to everyone who lost loved ones on that day.

Posted by Muu September 11, 08 12:21 PM

Mark - #7.

Well done surving the country, but you were mistaken about "facing Al-Qaeda in Iraq". Your entire country was misled into a war you didn't need and certainly didn't deserve. I hope you guys are aware of this by now???

Posted by Paul September 11, 08 12:23 PM

Although I did not lose anyone close to me on that horrendous day, I will never forget how I felt for all of those that did. My prayers and thoughts are with all of you and may we never forget. And we all should take a moment and reflect on the men and women that are fighting for us so this will never happen again.
God Bless all of us and God Bless America. And Thank You All.

Posted by Catherine Morgan September 11, 08 12:25 PM

As a former paramedic from New York City, I knew personally many of the men and women of the NYPD, PAPD, FDNY and private agencies who responded to the 9/11 tragedy and paid the ultimate price. I ate with them, joked with them, worked with them, and sometimes I cried with them.

On September 11, 2001, when the tones went off, went the call came out, they came. From their homes and from their stations, they came. So many came that the city and private agencies did not have enough ambulances, police cars, or fire engines to hold them all. And still, they came.

They ran into burning buildings to seek out and save those who they could. When the towers fell, they gave their lives in service of their fellow man.

Thank you for the pictures, and thank you for reminding us all what the price of freedom can be, and how on September 11, 2001, many paid that price.

As was said before--Never forget. Never Forgive. Never Again.

To my fallen Brethren of the NYPD, PAPD, FDNY, and NYC-EMS... You are not forgotten.

Posted by Matt September 11, 08 12:33 PM

Paul #139.

If you would read the post, I think you would see that he meant that in 2005 he would face al-Qaeda in Iraq. By 2005, surely you knew that al-Qaeda was in Iraq.

Or were you simply trying to politicize the 9/11 event?

Posted by Oswald September 11, 08 12:38 PM

Never Forget

Posted by Robert Perry September 11, 08 12:47 PM

Lest we forget!
God Bless America.

Posted by from STL September 11, 08 12:48 PM

I live outside Boston. When was walking my dog I looked up at the sky today it was so BLUE no clouds just like it was 7 years ago. That such a beauitful sky would make me feel so sad, tears were rolling down my face. I was touched by 9-11. on sept 3, 2001 I met a couple and their little girl at my job I sold them alot of furniture we hit it off we had alot of fun picking out furniture for them. I also sold furniture to his dad. When Jennifer called me at the end of Sept. I thought she was checking on her order. Little did I know she call me and told me Jason was in tower 2- 92nd floor. I just want to tell Jennifer I think about how we met the fun we had and I'm so sorry for her family lost. I will always remember the day we met. Your family will always be in my prayers. ........Always, Terri

Posted by Terri Guerrero September 11, 08 12:48 PM

(Robin) "we are the world's protector and, in that role, there has been some horrible collateral damage. But everything we do as a country is about saving lives and protecting freedom."

Who named us God? And for that matter, what do you do? Have you been in a war and died of agony? Are you missing a limb, your eyesight or suffering because you were sent to a place that didn't even want your help? Your protection? Your life saving idealism? If you've been "there" what does it take you to see that we are not protecting our country or freedom!!!!

Posted by Sandra September 11, 08 01:01 PM

As a Canadian who witnessed that horrible day, I wanted to let you know that there are many around the world whose hearts were broken by this vile act of cowardice. Never let anyone try to minimize what's happened by comparing it to some other event, or try to say to 'get over it'. I wept with you when they fell, and it will always be with me, reminding me how everyday people such as myself, just going off to work, were torn from families. Our time here may be shorter than we think, but always remember that no matter where you are, there are others out there that remember how you've suffered, and we wish that we could share your burden, if only to ease your pain.

Posted by Andy September 11, 08 01:02 PM

I was a junior in high school, economics class, when the first tower was hit. I went home stunned and sat that night and cried for all the people hurt and killed and what their families were going through that night. Here I am, Seven years later, in Afghanistan, trying the best I know how, to make a difference. I know these wars are unpopular. Hell, what war IS popular? Even I don't like being here, but never forget the thousands of people who, seven years ago, went to work and never had the chance to go home and tell their spouse or kids that they loved them one last time. Though I knew none of them, I KNOW if I had the chance to talk to them, and even ONE asked for his or her death to be avenged, how could I turn that down? I'm here for them. God Bless America.

Posted by Mike September 11, 08 01:09 PM

These pictures bring back such sad memories for me. I lived (and still do) about 20 miles from "The City" - what us Long Islanders call New York City. Some things I still remember.........................

I still remember how the inbound lanes of 495 (one of our major highways) to NYC was shutdown to everyone except emergency personnel.

I still remember the silence of the skys as all air traffic was grounded.

I still remember all of the hero's who worked tirelessly - sometimes 20 hours a day - at ground zero.

I still remember the lines of people waiting to give blood for their fellow Americans stretching around buildings.

I still remember hundreds of people donating food, water and supplies to the workers of Ground Zero.

I still remember all of the flags on all the homes and businesses.

I still remember all of the flags displayed in cars. I still display mine.

I still remember the kindness we each showed one another over the coming weeks as we all tried to heal our wounds.

And finally....

I still remember never being prouder to be an American.

And I still am.

Posted by will September 11, 08 01:09 PM

I can remember everything I did that day and it still hits me hard when this anniversary comes around. I will never forget why we are fighting. Thanks to those who helped so many and god bless all the families in mourning today

Posted by njbshu September 11, 08 01:11 PM

To #s 122 and 123: comments like yours show how unbelievably ignorant and insensitive people can be on both ends of the spectrum. My brother is in Iraq right now and I am ashamed that his service will be used in the name of protecting the "freedoms" of people like yourselves. On this day I would like to pray for all those who lost people they loved on Sept 11, for all of our troops past and present, for innocent Iraqi and Afghani people killed, and for those that are so mislead and confused as to what is actually going on in this world that they are left filled with nothing but hatred and ignorance.

Posted by Meg September 11, 08 01:11 PM
152. can run, but you can't hide. You will be found and you will pay with YOUR pathetic life for what you did. You will not see will rot in hell with all the other cowards that did this. This doesn't make you tough! Show yourself..not in video, but in person. You better fear us, because we don't fear you!

Posted by A true American September 11, 08 01:14 PM

To lol 123- What the hell? How can you possible say its not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things? This one event alone has changed millions of lives and changed the way we run our country today. Maybe you can get over it, but like most Americans I don't want to. AND WE SHOULDN'T

Posted by Karla September 11, 08 01:17 PM

I cried for two weeks after 9-11....and these photos bring it all back. I only wish people would NEVER FORGET!! Too many have and need to remain vigilant. I struggled last night to put up my flag on my rebuilt porch. It had to be up today as it had to be up on Sept 12th after this horror. I remember buying several flags and giving them out....I was as mad as I was sad....The pain watching all those people searching for their missing loved ones was unbearable.........

Posted by Mary Ellen September 11, 08 01:21 PM

I will always remember the day we met. Your family will always be in my prayers. .......

We will never forget, united we stand



Posted by ERIKA September 11, 08 01:25 PM

Paul, with all due respect, I was not mistaken. For whatever reasons led us into Iraq, Osama Bin Laden declared Iraq to the be the central front in the War on Terror himself. Zarqawri led Al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) and was so brutal there that the Sunni's who initially partnered with AQI turned on him. However, that was not the point of my statement and in no way did I intend to bring current political divisions to spoil a remarkable day of remembrance and for that I apologize. I merely wanted to correlate the images that this wonderful site brought to us today mirrored the event when I touched my plane window in remembrance of those who had fallen that day. Our political views are hallow in light of the tragedy on that day. Thank you to the Boston Globe for allowing The Big Picture to do what it does.

May God Bless America,

Posted by Mark September 11, 08 01:26 PM

lol 123- What is wrong with you? What do you mean its not that big a deal in the grand scheme of things? Are you truly cold and dead inside? 9/11 is the single biggest event in my life. It has changed millions of people's lives FOREVER. It has changed the way this country is run FOREVER. And it has changed the way most Americans live their day to day lives FOREVER. I don't want to get over it. And as Americans, we shouldn't want to get over it. We should always remember that day and the people who lost their lives. NEVER FORGET!

Posted by Karla September 11, 08 01:27 PM

It's really sad.

I only wonder howmuch attention this would get if it would be somewhere in Asia.
Look at the horrible floodings on Christmas, a few years back. 100.000's of people died there, and even more left unhoused.
But with unforgettable arrogance, all leaders of the world (especially Bush) never really minded.

Doesn't leave out I wish all the people involved all the strength needed, from the Netherlands.

Posted by Sibren September 11, 08 01:27 PM


Posted by Mark Hoaglund September 11, 08 01:34 PM

Dios los tenga en su Gloria a todas y cada unas de las personas que fallecieron en tan brutal Atentado.... vamos para adelante que la vida continua.

Posted by Marcela Pinzon September 11, 08 01:34 PM

To #123, you are INCREDIBLY DISRESPECTFUL! I imagine it still wouldn't be that big a deal if your mother, father, brother, sister, spouse, son or daughter were one of those who lost their loves?

To #133, I couldn't have said it better myself!

Posted by Andrea September 11, 08 01:49 PM

#123 you are an ignoramous. You should be ashamed of being that neive.

Posted by jozsef September 11, 08 01:52 PM

Think of just one death and the ripples of pain that has caused through families and communities. Think of the phone calls that broke the bad news, the shock, the disbelief, the pain and the grief that each person who knew the victim felt. Think of the love felt for that person who's now gone and the gut-wrenching thought of never being able to see them again, never being able to say goodbye or not being able to comfort them in their final moments. Think of what it means to destroy that special human bond created by the most powerful force in the universe, love. True love, real love, deep never-ending, unconditional love. Think how that person had no desire to kill or be killed, simply to be left to live in peace. Think how much they would love to be with their friends and families right now so that pain could stop in an instant, so that joy could fill so many broken hearts once again.

And what would they would say if they could speak to us now? What would they tell us to do knowing what they know about pain and loss? What would they say about what has been done in their name? Would they tell us that the loss of an innocent American life is more painful than the loss of an innocent Iraqi life?

For all our sakes please just think......

Posted by Shane September 11, 08 01:52 PM

Thank you for removing comment number 72. It was classless and obviously posted by someone who has no appreciation for what this country stands for. To say nothing about the lack of respect they have for the efforts put forth by those responding to the attack. It's a terrible thing that 3000 people lost their lives that day, but without the men and women of the FDNY, NYPD, Port Authority Police, and other first responders it would have been a lot worse. Many people forget that they SAVED 25,000 lives that day.

If you are looking for others to remove, please consider posting number 123. If this is not a bid deal, please tell me what is.

Posted by KB September 11, 08 01:52 PM

My prayers to all those lost as well as those continually grieving. My heart mourns with yours.

My hope for understanding to all those who continue to judge and discriminate against individuals from the middle east or muslims or anyone else for that matter. It is such discrimination that led to such events, except in reverse, with discrimination to Americans and western religion. It is wasteful and unnecessary and it is such intolerance that leads to devastation.

My dream for people of the world to embrace each others differences. We don't all need to love one another, but we should respect one another.

Posted by Mark September 11, 08 01:57 PM

Thank you for the moving pictures. I'll never forget that day. While I did not know anyone personally who was killed, injured or lost a love one on that horrible day, I felt the pain too - just as every American did - and still do. My thanks go out to all who protect us -every day. To Mark (#7), God bless you for your service. You are so brave. I don't know if you are still in the service or not, but I pray for your safety and all of the others. To Jenne (#16), I can't begin to imagine how you feel. While I wish he wasn't hurt, I am thankful for the job your brother did that day. He must have been very special. For grieving mother (#39), my heart aches for you. I wish I could hug you and comfort you. To all Americans, let's open our hearts to each other like we did on 9/11 - every day.

Posted by Teresa September 11, 08 02:00 PM

im mad

Posted by jerry magana September 11, 08 02:00 PM

An incident happened 7 years ago but still remains in our heart… Though we werent involved in this incident we still should have a heart for the people who lost there lives that day. If I was there I would have sacraficed my life to save some else's life...
"We Love You and You Will Never Evere Ever Be Forgotten"

Posted by Amanda September 11, 08 02:02 PM

I know I may be in the minority but it makes me sad that only 7 years later so many seem to have forgotten...or not want to remember. I scanned the radio this morning at 8:46 (the time the first plane hit) and only heard 3 stations actually talking about 9/11. I think moving on is important but we should never forget. I like the comments about the memorials being for our children. Mine weren't born yet when 9/11 occurred but when they are old enough they should know...and visit the memorials...and learn about what happened that day. It changed our country. Thank you for posting images that help us to remember - not forget.

Posted by Jen September 11, 08 02:05 PM

Very well done - the negative comments are from short sighted shallow thinking people - it is easy to critize. I do appreciate the effort.

Posted by David Yelle September 11, 08 02:10 PM


Posted by MS. BRENDA BAILEY September 11, 08 02:11 PM

I will never forget that day. I live in East Boston and there was not a sound in the sky! It was beyone eerie... i cried for days and still don't understand why?

May we never let them forget what they have done. Gos takes care of his own!


Posted by Laura M.Gonzalez-Munoz September 11, 08 02:21 PM

@112: We stay because we want change. We stay because we're patriots. We stay because we want the senseless killing OVER! Giving them our American soldiers blood on their sands is exactly what they want. Osama is a tool to continue this campaign of personal interests. As long as we keep Osama alive, we'll never have any reason to end our War OF Terror. I was all for invading Afghanistan and finding and killing Osama....but instead we invaded Iraq? On faulty, purely hearsay "intelligence"? Sure, Saddam was a terrible man but he's not the one who attacked us. Us being in Iraq further validates what the terrorists are telling their recruits about the US. Use this day to remember those who died on 9/11 and those innocent "non-Americans" who continue to be killed in the name of our freedom. We're not the only country out there...and no insane amount of patriotism makes us the leader of the world on any mission from God. That would make us no different from the people who caused this atrocity in the first place.

"They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." - Benjamin Franklin

Posted by Aaron September 11, 08 02:23 PM

I hope and pray that we will never forget. God bless the United States.

Posted by Kathy Robinson September 11, 08 02:30 PM

The day of that cowardly attack, I had just picked up my truck at my mechanic's garage in Allston, MA. Having been laid off about a month before, I had nowhere to go that day except home. I got in the truck and turned on the radio. I thought what I was hearing had to be fiction. It took me a while to realize it was not. I drove home, turned on the TV, watched in horror, and waited for my wife to get back from her teaching job. When she did, I asked if she'd heard or seen any news yet that day. She had not. I told her to sit down and explained what had happened.

Some months later, now employed, I found myself, quite unexpectedly and without warning at the scene of that crime. I had gone to NYC with my boss on business. We were in the financial district, as that is where our client was. The client's office turned out to be near the site, which we walked right past. I was really shaken. I am a native NY'er. I will never forget or forgive.

Posted by Stil Langry September 11, 08 02:33 PM

I just want to say Thank you and my thoughts are with all of those who were directly touched by this act of terrorism, I had tears in my eyes while reading these comments and it still breaks my heart. GOD BLESS AMERICA LAND OF THE FREE AND HOME OF THE BRAVE.
I love you all
Joe and Carol Bijan

Posted by Joe Bijan September 11, 08 02:35 PM

Like everyone, I remember where I was when I first heard the news 7 years ago.

Like everyone, I mourn for those who died that day.

Like everyone, I hoped justice would find those responsible for the attacks.

Sadly, those responsible (namely bin laden, and some Saudi's) are still at large, and in their place many more innocents are suffering because of our misguided justice that we have chosen to administer.

Posted by Dave September 11, 08 02:48 PM

Awful day... but beautiful history spelled out in these pics. We have risen above and come together as a people. War is not the answer but now that we're there, we have to see it through... as awful as that is.

I don't understand why people say "never forget"... how could we?

Posted by Ben September 11, 08 02:51 PM

I am sorry, but i never heard it anywhere, so i am going to ask here
How many people died in the third WORLD TRADE CENTER 7?

Posted by Svetlio September 11, 08 02:55 PM

To all of the people who died on 911 shouldn't have died. It only should've been the ones who were behind the attack

Posted by Hannah Shoemaker September 11, 08 03:00 PM

To those of you who say "is that all the new rebuilding they can manage in 7 years?"- One of the reasons it's taking so long is because of demolition. As of 18 months ago (when I moved from New York to London), they were still finding slivers of bone fragments... They are taking some of the damaged surrounding buildings down floor by floor, and square foot by square foot, as a matter of respect...

Some years are easier to deal with than others, we will all find our own ways to cope and move forward, but I don't think we will ever forget. It still inspires me to remember the heroism of America, and how we all banded together.

Posted by Kathleen September 11, 08 03:05 PM

I am a homeschooling mom of a kindergartner. Today was treated as a holiday. No math, no latin, etc. Today I put in my VHS tape of the news that day and cried as I talked to my son about how lucky we are to live in America. At first he was bored. Then when I asked him if he thought these "bad guys" would try to hurt us again, he said, "" I had to tell him that yes they would and that is why we must never forget Sept. 11th. The look on his face...
For all those who have said to me that we should just "get on with our lives" I say we can't afford to excuse away the evil behind the acts of 9/11. We are stronger than those "bad guys" are. In our house, we will never forget.

Posted by April Fox September 11, 08 03:20 PM

May the victims of 9/11 rest in peace. God save the United States of America.

Posted by conlawprof September 11, 08 03:20 PM

Soldiers First!

Posted by GBLEE September 11, 08 03:29 PM

Somewhere around the first of January 2001 I found out my only son and daughter-inlaw were expecting my first Grandchild. I never believed this would happen for they were given less than a 2 percent of ever having children. On August 28th, 2001 my precious grandson Brody blessed us with his arrival, a healthy, beautiful child. My world could not have been any brighter, and I thought nothing could take the happiness I felt in my heart away from me. Then Brody was just 2 wks. old on Sept 11th and I remember thinking does this world deserve such a precious gift. Words cannot explain how empty I felt, but you pick yourself up and try to make it a better place to go on in. Now I have another precious gift, Austyn David, Born Feb. 3rd, 2006, and I can only pray that they will never have to experience anything like we did on that horrific day. God Bless

Posted by Grandma September 11, 08 03:31 PM

I remember a co-worker calling me into our conference room where a TV was on, saying that a jet had just crashed into the first tower. I immediately thought it was an accident, remembering the history of an airplane hitting the Empire State Building. But the sight of the second jet zooming in and crashing shocked me to reality (and that tiny moment of hope where it looked like the jet might miss made it all the more hard to take.)

I wondered about a former friend and lover who lived and worked in NY, whom I hadn't been in contact for a long time. Was she okay? Sometime latter I saw a photo of her, working for OSHA at the site. I emailed her, telling her I was glad she was okay. I emailed her today, sending the same message.

Thanks for the great photos. They are an important reminder of what is important, and what we should always remember.

Posted by Rob O'Hannon September 11, 08 03:37 PM

To this day i cannot fathom the atrocities that were afflicted 7 years ago. I can't imagine what it would be like to have lost someone, and everyones hearts and prayers should be with those families.

Posted by Keith Singh September 11, 08 03:45 PM

Wow, absolutely stunning images.


Posted by Jiff Wodds September 11, 08 03:47 PM

The Firefighter's Prayer

When I am called to duty, God, whenever flames may rage;
Give me strength to save some life, whatever be its age.
Help me embrace a little child before it is too late
Or save an older person from the horror of that fate.
Enable me to be alert and hear the weakest shout,
And quickly and efficiently to put the fire out.
I want to fill my calling and to give the best in me,
To guard my every neighbor and protect his property.
and if, according to my fate, I am to lose my life;
Please bless with your protecting hand
my children and my wife.

Author Unknown

Go Bless. Please, never forget the ultimate sacrifice made by 343 firefighters that day in the service of others.

Posted by Chris Wisnoski September 11, 08 03:54 PM

Seven years later and we, the most powerful nation in the world have still not caught the man responsible for this monsterous deed. That fact is a greater scar on our nation than the hole the towers left.

Posted by cathy September 11, 08 03:55 PM

#72 you are pathetic and I wish I could meet you person. Are you radical muslim or just a muslim that believes all infidels must die. I got news for you, ATTA and is coward "brothers" are not in heaven with 70 virgins... THEY ARE ROTTING IN HELL.

For those of you that want to talk about Bush, find another website you losers.

The United States is the best country in the world.. God Bless America.

So sorry for all the people that lost loved ones that day. We need to remember this day when fighting the war on terror. The best defense is a good offense.

Vince from Boston

Posted by Vince Mastromatteo September 11, 08 03:57 PM

Something that will never be forgotten. Absolute, in its effect!

Posted by Earl West September 11, 08 04:14 PM

i feel really sorry for yall

Posted by harrison September 11, 08 04:33 PM

Picture #7 is of either NYC Police Officers or Port Authority Police Officers, not Fire Fighters. The smoke did not go up 250 miles either.

Fallen but never Forgotten

9-11-01 forever ingrained in our hearts, minds, and souls.

Posted by Elijah September 11, 08 04:39 PM

Every year now on September 11 I light candles outside on my porch. I try not to cry but I still do, its just so sad. I pray for the families and that the little unborn babies who are now 7 years old know that God is still watching over us.

God Bless,


Posted by Patti September 11, 08 04:41 PM

I was working in lower Manhattan that day. I was three blocks away from the towers, trying, along with everyone else, to figure out what happened to the North tower, when the second plane hit the south tower.

I watched people jump, Some trailed smoke after them. May God bless their souls.

I watched the south tower fall. It happened in slow motion. You could FEEL it through your feet. It was like watching a video where they drop a building onto its own foundations. I watched, fascinated, until I realized with horror that the building was full of people!

I woke up screaming, in the middle of the night, for several weeks afterward.

Do not forget this day. Remember what they did to us. Remember that they will try to do it again. Remember the people who lost loved ones and friends on this day. Thank those in the military who are trying to set things right.


Posted by Frank September 11, 08 04:50 PM

I remember this happening in third grade and having to learn about terrorism and intolerance. I feel extreme pain for those children who experience these kind of attacks on a regular basis. Let love rule.

Posted by Harrison J Ford September 11, 08 04:52 PM

I thought we should also remember the unsung hero's here today also!
For those that went in after the fact to help their fellow humans.....

Remembering 9/11, Honoring Search and Rescue Dogs
Wednesday September 10, 2008

September 11, 2001 is a day that few of us can forget. Each and every day - but especially this day - it is important to take a moment to remember and honor the men and women who lost their lives, and the men and women who stepped in to help. In doing such, we should also remember the heroic search and rescue dogs who risked their lives to help save victims of the World trade Center attacks.

Search and rescue dogs are brilliant and amazing creatures that have come to the aid of so many disaster victims over the years. Beyond the WTC tragedy, these dogs have been there to assist in countless search and rescue efforts following hurricanes, floods, earthquakes and similar disasters. We also owe thanks to the dedicated dog trainers and companions of these brave dogs. So, take a moment to reflect and be thankful. Let's remember the kindness and bravery of people and dogs alike.
http://dogs. b/2008/09/ 10/remembering- 911-honoring- search-and- rescue-dogs. htm?nl=1
After you have viewed that take a moment to think about how we now treat dogs of this breed! They were there when we needed them, will you when they need you?

Posted by Mary Pelletier September 11, 08 04:52 PM

Godbless america

Posted by suzy September 11, 08 04:54 PM

to Otto (#104):
Yes I saw Zeitgeist, the movie, and I highly recommend it to everyone. (just search on google video, you'll find it).
Maybe a lot of people will be surprised at first, but it is definitely a good movie to fully understand things behind the facts of the 11/09.
May the victims of 9/11 rest in peace. May all of us stay in peace.

Posted by Jeff September 11, 08 04:57 PM

You may be able to sneak a sucker punch in here or there but one thing is for sure and that is that you will NEVER have us up against the ropes. America and NYC are forever!

My condolences to all who lost loved ones on that day

My condolences to all who have lost loved ones who have been fighting the cowards responsible for this atrocity

Posted by Avi September 11, 08 05:26 PM

poor peole i feel bad for all the falily that had alove one die in that accident it must be sad couse i now that if i had a love one die i would be crying all this week and GOD BLESS THE PEOPLE THAT DIED AND HELPED god bless all of us


Posted by GRUMPY September 11, 08 05:28 PM

Perhaps the only mature way to look back at this is to realize how much hate it took to motivate these people. They probably did not do it for money or personal gain. I think they did it because their convictions convinced them it was the right thing to do.

There's a lesson here: if hate caused 9/11, that means we should avoid hate. Don't respond in kind but promoting hate. Do not hate someone blindly. Otherwise you're taking part in the same behavior that murdered (about) 3,000 people who were not ready to die. All people should understand that hate causes more hate. Nothing beneficial has ever come from hate. It follows that the only motivation for hate is fear.

But there is nothing to fear if we are consistently patriotic--every day of our lives--because by doing this we guarantee each other's safety. We can do this with the promise that each of us is there for the other... any stranger would help another stranger if there was need. This strength is a foundation that can transcend guns and bullets.

Once in awhile I feel that my life's purpose is to do something for the greater good. Living in this way is my part of that greater good. The next time something happens around you, don't look the other way. Say something. Stand up for your country, despite what you may have done before. It takes very little yet proves very much, for one person to speak up. Live by the example of the EMS, FD, PD, PA, and random civilian people.

You have nothing to be afraid of because I and others like me will help you if you are in need. This is why I am not afraid to live.

Posted by Cale Schmitz September 11, 08 05:34 PM

i was only 2 years old

Posted by meghin clowers September 11, 08 06:03 PM

May God bless the USA!


Posted by Carlos September 11, 08 06:10 PM

All I can say is let's appreciate every moment that we live and love the simple things that life has to offer every single day. God gives strenght to all these families and friends that are still suffering a terrible loss.

Posted by heartbeat September 11, 08 06:11 PM

7 years ago our lives were changed
Never to be the same
And to think it all started
Because someone hijacked a plane
Terrorists they called them
A word that became well known
They destroyed so many lives that day
They attacked our home
The United States stood frozen
For a moment in time
As we watched those people
Commit and unexplainable crime
Then sadness and emotion came
Our fears took flight
And we realized we had
To stand up and fight
Our heroes our brave
All banded so strong
To face our enemy
Who we knew was wrong
They brave they're lives
And sometimes they're lost
I believe in this war
But at what cost?
We've lost so many soldiers
Yet gained no respect
From the people we fight
Who never seem to reflect
On the havoc they reeked
That September day
When for just one moment
America all stopped to pray
So today stand up
Remember and be proud
America band together
Dont be afraid to be loud
Show them our pride
In the Red White and Blue
Where freedom is a word
That rings Loud and True
Make them remember
The loved ones lost that day
And everyday since
Kneel down and pray
Pray loud and Thank God!
Wherever you may be
That we live in America

Written by Sasha Thomas

Please pass this on and remember all those lost 7 years ago. Pray for their families and all of our soldiers who are fighting for our freedom and who have lost their lives in this war. We will never forget 09-11-2001

Thank you for being our heroes!!

Posted by Sasha Thomas September 11, 08 06:30 PM

This amazing set of photos brings back memories - I'm from the UK and remember vividly wondering why the phones in our team had stopped ringing. Then we got news, and I spent an hour on the phone while my wife relayed the info from the TV at home.

Still shocking. #6 still makes me shiver, I'd been there and knew how big an imposing those towers were - New York was not the same on Sept 10th - neither the world.

I'm in the US this week (working# and I've been heartened by the tributes I have seen today, and encouraged by the strength of the US #despite some faults#, I wonder how my country would have reacted to such a tragedy - but I hope that we never have to because of brave people in far off places #from both of our countries).

Posted by MattR September 11, 08 06:30 PM

#203 Meghan I hope you get to live to be 102 and never forget that you live in the greatest country in the world. Always remember those who have fought and given their lives for our great country. I hope you grow up strong and happy and never have to see something like this ever happen to our country ever again.

Posted by Andrew September 11, 08 06:52 PM

Don't turn this into something political and religious. Something to fuel revenge for the sake of revenge even if its pointless and doesn't hurt the tiny fractions of actual terrorist.
Don't let it be an excuse to change the meaning of the words like "freedom" and "terrorism".
Don't use it to sell questionable government actions to the public.
Can't you see? "you" are becoming "them".

Posted by isodara September 11, 08 06:53 PM

To Meg, #151:

The fear of retailiation would keeps those arab's assess in line better than any x-ray machine at the airport, better than you putting your lipstick and deodorant in your luggage, better than you taking your shoes off to board an airplane, better than the Massachusetts State Police displaying thier automatic weapons. You call this freedom? Immediate retaliation against the arab world would have gone futher than the feeble, incoherent military actions that are taking place in afganistan and iraq.

Posted by Shawn September 11, 08 06:57 PM



Posted by Jean-Pierre Zajac . Australie September 11, 08 07:16 PM

this happened when i was in 4th grade. i got taken out of school early, like many other kids. i didn't know what was going on, until i turned the t.v. at home. watching those footages, made me scared. up to this day, i can't watch those videos. i don't know what it's like to have lost someone like people did 7 years ago, but i do know that those people who have lost loved ones, need all the love and support. my heart goes out to everyone who lost a loved one that day.

Posted by Camila Carvalho September 11, 08 07:32 PM

These photos are beautiful and frightening . They represent the pain that the U.S. went through due to the actions on September 11th 2001. I hope these photos remind everyone of how lucky they are to be alive and live in a country were a group of citizens would risk their own lives on a flight to save many of us.

Posted by Nicole September 11, 08 07:34 PM

I am not an apologist for those who'd use religion as justification for murdering innocent people, and the events of 9/11 shocked us all....... but does it really justify or excuse the death of over 100,000 Iraqi civilians, when it was never proven Iraq had anything to do with 9/11? Some figures cite close to 600,000 civilians dead in Iraq.

Think about that number.... 600,000 dead. Men, women, children. That, folks, is genocide.

Posted by Richard September 11, 08 07:35 PM

i am very sad about wat happen God made us for a reason not to kill others to love and keep each other together as one not to argree over stupied things the people that did that if u are reading this understand God does not like ugly then start being on his said i pray for the people in 9-11 keep the word in you

Posted by a believer September 11, 08 09:03 PM

"Almost 1,033,000 iraqi civilian deaths as a result of the war on terror .."

Excuse me...?

Personally I couldn't care less. Had I been President, the entire ME would be a radioactive wasteland after what happened to the WTC. Mecca as a sheet of glass would be a fine repayment.

But these magnificent pictures and this date are reserved for an event you seem to have forgotten. I suggest you review what happened to the truly innocent here on this date.

Posted by Henry Bowman September 11, 08 09:35 PM

Thanks for sharing this with me, it was great information.
It helped me alot with my essay in English Class.
R.I.P My uncle!

Posted by Morgan September 11, 08 09:37 PM

I am speechless...and I shall NEVER forget!

Posted by Linda September 11, 08 09:48 PM

i was to young to fully realize what had happened but i still feel for all the families and friends that were affected by this
RIP 911 victims

Posted by nathan September 11, 08 09:52 PM

And that is why you are not the president Henry Bowman, nations need to be run on hard facts and reasonable policy, not pathetic and petty emotions of revenge. No, your pathetic emotions help people take control and wield corruptible power.

On a side note, how pathetic that it's taken this long to start construction. All this has been is one big corrupted BS mess that has resulted in local business owners getting shafted (especially restaurant owners).

Posted by The Realist September 11, 08 09:57 PM

Post NUmber 217,

"Personally I couldn't care less. Had I been President, the entire ME would be a radioactive wasteland after what happened to the WTC. Mecca as a sheet of glass would be a fine repayment."

You Sir, are an idiot.

Posted by fdafas September 11, 08 10:08 PM

i love all these pictures. it's crazy to picture how it's been 7 years now!! i can still remember it all like it was yesterday. thank you so much for showing these pictures. it means alot to those who haven't seen this side before// ;) thank you once more and god bless america.

Posted by kasy l tacia September 11, 08 10:23 PM

After seven years it is still hard to believe that an event like this happend. Seven years ago i was only 11 years old, I did not really understand what had happend and why it happend, Today as I look at these pictures I feel angry about the innocent people that were killed. It is unthinkable that people can do this to other people just because of differences and beliefs.

Posted by Rachel September 11, 08 10:28 PM

"Almost 1,033,000 iraqi civilian deaths as a result of the war on terror .."

That's nice, where do you get your information from Al Jazzerra?

And what about the 180,000 innocent kurds that Saadam killed? (source NYT, google it)

Or the rape and torture prisons that he and his sons ran?

Get a life and open your eyes.

Learn from history before it comes and bites you on the a**.

This story was about the people who went to work and never came home. Not killed on a battle field somewhere.

Posted by John Q. Public September 11, 08 10:49 PM

The events that occured on 9/11 will never be forgotten. These are horrific pictures...

Posted by Alexandra September 11, 08 11:16 PM

Seven years ago I didn't quite understand what was happening. As the years have gone by I have watched and read about this event and the tragic consequences that followed. I find it hard to believe that there are people in this world that only exist to cause death and destruction to others just because they don't believe in the same things as they do. What a loathsome way to live. I feel sad for the families that lost loved ones that day and will never forget the heroic efforts that many made that day. I will never forget!

Posted by Rachel September 11, 08 11:25 PM

RIP all

Posted by Przemek September 11, 08 11:28 PM


Posted by PAUL T. DEVINE September 12, 08 12:03 AM

Let's not forget. Let's pray that the humanity, across all lands, all nations, all religions ... , will not need too suffer from such tragedy again.

Posted by Carla Chan September 12, 08 01:24 AM

September 11, 2001 is a day I shall never forget. How anyone or any country can get satisfaction out of killilng thousands of innocent people...women, men and children is baffling! My husband and I visited Ground Zero in 2003 and it was a very sad seeing the vast empty space where the twin towers once stood, and seeing the names of all those killed displayed on the huge plaques. Your pictures are outstanding and brought tears to my eyes. I can remember going around my neighborhood and counting all the flags displayed for several months. Some people get busy with their lives and forget as time goes by and I think we need constant reminders of all that we lost. The terrorists wanted to bring America to their knees and they have done a pretty darned good job of it with our economy, the gas prices and the continual sadness to all of those families who lost their loved ones so needlessly. God Bless America and keep those American flags flying!

Posted by Barbara September 12, 08 03:23 AM

great pics thanks man.......god bless you

Posted by Alain September 12, 08 03:41 AM

I will make the unpopular observation that we should not have to "pray" to anyone for this not to happen again. Sorry to break this to you but your all-knowing all-powerful "god" was not watching over us when this happened, because he does not exist. Thanks to all men and women in the service who continue to fight for our freedom despite our incompetent administration.

Posted by CN September 12, 08 03:50 AM

wow!!!!!!!!!its really amazing .....

Let all souls rest in peace in the name god who lost their lives ....Amen

Posted by john September 12, 08 04:06 AM

My (then newlywed) wife and I were on our honeymoon in Greece during 11.9.01.
We couldn't believe our eyes when watching the 3 WTC buildings fall. We totally thought it was a movie, given how 'easily' they fell. It simply looked like Hollywood gimics, it was just so fast. But being in Greek, we didn't understand it was real.

Much later, we watched an English news channel and heard that it was scared the hell out of us.

We will never forget how different our perspective was between only seeing it happen and then hearing the commentary.

Posted by J&M September 12, 08 05:06 AM

Amazing Works, Thanks for your weekly inspiration!

Posted by norman TheJunction September 12, 08 06:11 AM

i live in boston and will never forget that awful morning! my heart goes out to all of the family's affected by these horrible terrorist! may god bless you! and to comment #72 you should be ashamed of yourself ! to think these horrific images could ever make anyone smile is sick! and a constent reminder of all the evil that exist in this world! lets try to heal and be a better world!

Posted by cindy September 12, 08 07:46 AM

I visited the Memorial at Logan airport yesterday and was awe struck at how tastefully it was done.
I had happened to take a American Airlines a couple of days before and was South when the attack happened.
Needless to say it was hectic returning to Boston!

Posted by GENE September 12, 08 07:46 AM

durba durba war sucks durba durba W is a moron durba...

all that is necessary for the triumph of evil is when good men do nothing. - edmund burke.

ANY sitting president would have given the directive to pursue action against the suspected responsible country. For him not to would be perceived, both home and abroad, a good man doing nothing.

War does not always end up the way we wish it would, but the alternative is certain.

Posted by Samsonite September 12, 08 08:52 AM

rest in peace, brave souls. you fly with angels now.

we will never forget.

Posted by boston September 12, 08 09:53 AM

Great job. Slight error on picture #7. Those are not firemen walking into the rubble those are members of the NYPD.

Posted by Brian S September 12, 08 10:13 AM

I will always remember those who where lost. I just have one question. Does anyone still feel lost? There is still no explanation and we are still not closer to finding out if we are in the right place fighting for the right war. Are we in Iraq to spread freedom or to gain control of oil? I wish we had answers. Hopefully these answers will come soon. And enough with the political stuff. No matter democrat or republican, the government is going to try their best to fight terrorism and keep this country safe. If a democrat comes into office, they are not going to just lay down and take a beating from terrorist. People need to get with the picture. Keep your opinions to yourself unless they are a positive contribution to society. We will never forget the people who where lost on 9/11.

Posted by Bill September 12, 08 10:52 AM

Thank you for the pictures. When you aren't there you don't know what is happening to the site you just guess that they are hard a work to build something.
Yesterday was a day to remember what happened in this country, and how it affected the world, because it did. I wasn't living in the United States at the time, we were stationed overseas. The community that we lived in that very night had a candlelight service for all that died that day. That day made the world became very small.

Posted by Jen September 12, 08 11:17 AM

The trade center tragedy and the war war in Iraq have many things in common. But the most important thing to remember is that innocent people have been brutally murdered by fanatical leaders who think they are doing God's will.
Bin Laden, Cheney and Bush will all burn in hell.

Posted by Mig September 12, 08 12:19 PM

I prey for those who were killed
I hope this never happening again

But this isen't the biggest tragedy of the world. There isn't a good way to reveive the same horror each year by watching this medias. They keep you in fear.

US people aren't the wretches nation.
Isn't it a good day to remember all other people in the world ?

Posted by armas September 12, 08 12:43 PM

I was approximately 5 blocks away when it happened, I was in a school bus on the way to the WTC. I just cant even think of the atrocity created by Terrorists, it is criminal just to think of all those lives. I am glad that as Americans we call all remember a day like this one and i hope that this makes us more united as friend, neighbors and family because the little bit of life that we have is to invested in love and caring for one another not for war and attrocities. GOD BLESS US ALL FOREVER...

Posted by Lazaro Parrado September 12, 08 12:59 PM

Je suis Française. J'étais à ce moment là , juste à ce moment là en train de consulter l' AFP sur mon computer. Je ne le faisais jamais en général à mon travail ; le hasard : je consultais l' AFP. Et cela venait d'arriver . Le second avion n'avait d'ailleurs pas encore frappé .

Mais Je suis americaine dans mon âme depuis tant d'années qu'il m'a été curieusement donné d'être içi avec vous au même moment .

Le mois de Septembre a toujours été celui que je préfèrais dans l'année . Il est devenu à cause de cela à jamais ,étrangement americain .

C'est impossible . On ne peut oublier cela .

Posted by blandine September 12, 08 01:59 PM

Why does it always seem to cost of millons of dollars for memorials and then years and years to build ? So many politicians and others have to have a hand in these memorials it is a wonder anything is ever accomplished. Why can't something simple yet honorable be made ?

Anytime our government or theiving politians get involved you just know it will take forever AND have millions in cost over runs ! The victims of this cowedly attack would certainly not want this !

Posted by mike September 12, 08 02:30 PM

Here is something that is also worth remembering:
Another thing worth remembering:
You can find quite a few other sources for the same facts, if those aren't reliable enough.

And no, the attacks were not right and should've never happened, but sometimes the past rears its ugly head and things that were done years, even decades ago can have very bad repercussions today.

Posted by meh September 12, 08 03:20 PM

woshhhhh wath scared i never going to this never

Posted by Anonymous September 12, 08 06:10 PM

As a Brazilian I can say that this attack on American citizens truly was an emotional day for me and for the rest of the world. It was an event that sadly ihas reshaped and still is reshaping the world as we speak! I am afraid that the tracks that the world is trailing after these events will not bring freedom and peace to the world, but only agony, war and strife.

I don't know if my views are the same as the majority of the American citizens but I hope that some of you realize that your war for freedom against terrorist will have its toll on: Liberty, Justice and Equality.

That being said: I hope that the victims of 9/11 rest in peace, and surely this day will never be forgotten, even here in Brazil.

Thanks for your great work.

Posted by Rodrigo Segura September 13, 08 10:19 AM

Very moving pictures. Thank you so much for posting them, Alan, even if it hurts to see them.

As someone whose home was New York City at that time, who can still vividly remember what it was like to breathe in the dust of the dead, and who remembers the gut-wrenching fear of not knowing whether my wife was alive or had been killed in the collapse, it truly saddens me that there is so much ignorance that surrounds what happened that day. This was not an American tragedy, it was a global tragedy: citizens of over 90 nations were killed in the towers, the planes, and the Pentagon on 9/11/2001. The attacks were an assault on humanity, pure and simple and I wish with all my heart that their perpetrators could be brought to justice - real justice: full representation and due process, not a witch hunt and a lynching. We're supposed to be better than those who attacked us, remember?

And then once that's finished, I sincerely hope that the various members of our government who have facilitated the killing of so many innocent people in Iraq in this senseless, utterly unjustifiable war are brought to exactly the same kind of justice.

Thanks again for the photos.

Posted by Matt September 13, 08 03:05 PM

Matt (post 252),

Maybe I expressed myself wrongly when I stated that this was an attack on just american citizens and I actually support some of the methods taken by the U.S government to prevent further inhumane incidents.

But on the other hand, I agree with you about the senseless killing in Iraq and such events and it is this sort of retaliation that I believe that will cost not only americans but the whole world the liberty, justice and specially equality as I mentioned before.

And I also didn't, in any way possible, pretend to offend anyone or any nation here.

Kind Regards from Brazil.

Posted by Rodrigo Segura September 13, 08 05:24 PM

Sad os Sad and yet no justice

Posted by billle September 13, 08 07:18 PM

I'm in awe at the images. I'm just speechless. Thanks for reminding us of how horrible that day really was, but also for reminding us of how far we've come. I'd like to express a special thanks to all our soldiers for all they do. My brother served a year in Iraq and came back alive and well, but many have not. I am thankful for their sacrifices. I also would like to say that many are forgetting the reason we invaded Iraq was because Saddam was giving Bin Laden and other terrorists the money and the means to carry these kind of attacks out. NO, that does not mean that we should not continue to look for Bin Laden, but it does mean we were justified in bringing Saddam Hussein out of leadership in Iraq. I do hope and pray that the Iraqi people will soon be able to stand on their own, so that our young men and women can come home safely and quickly.

Posted by buttercup September 13, 08 09:54 PM

The last photos got to me. It hurts, but it makes me feel proud to be American. Words cannot describe how I feel about these terrible acts against American and mankind.

Posted by David Soto From Puerto Rico September 14, 08 03:32 AM


Posted by Gildete lima September 14, 08 10:20 AM

Bravo to #152...

Posted by Another true American September 14, 08 04:45 PM

"On September 11th, enemies of Freedom committed an act of war against our country."

George W. Bush
Telling the Truth For Once

Posted by Ken Pisano September 15, 08 01:50 AM

Still gives me shivers when I look at those pictures.

Posted by Yvy September 15, 08 08:27 AM

We MUST go after those responsible and don't stop till they are dead. If we slow up at all, WE WILL BE FINISHED AS A COUNTRY. Look how they are all ready taking over England etc. WE MUST NEVER GIVE IN. REMEMBER ALL OF THOSE WHO GAVE UP THEIR LIVES THAT DAY AND SINCE.

Posted by Kevin France September 15, 08 08:50 AM


Posted by GOD September 15, 08 11:08 AM

We've just got to admire the Americans, in this case those in New York who sustained the attack by hate-filled terrorists. The latter have inadvertantly boosted the world's admiration for the USA and brought shame on themselves for such an uncivilized and cowardly act.

Posted by Trevelyan Beard September 15, 08 11:58 AM

Ryan (#52), I agree, except for one thing. We, as a country, are so forgiving that we build up our enemies after defeat. Germany and Japan may have lost the "physical" war, but with our help, they most certainly won the "economic war". As far as Iraq is concerned, no one will ever win. The two major religious factions there have been fighting and killing each other for thousands of years;and will continue to do so. Our presences there is akin to a policemen stepping between a husband and wife fighting and becoming the common enemy; they both join forces to attack him. I don't have the answer(s), I wish I did, I just shudder at the thought of more of our patriotic, young fighting members of the U.S. Armed Forces losing their lives for people that hate them/us (and ,yes, I know they don't all hate us). I support our government and the fighting men and women as long as we are there and I will support them when they return; I just hope it is soon.

Posted by Ed September 15, 08 12:03 PM

By the way . . .

I didn't mean to imply that I actually believe that they were *foreign* enemies. Sorry if any of you misunderstood.

Posted by Ken Pisano September 15, 08 07:02 PM

I will NEVER forget.

Posted by Gina's Public Diary September 15, 08 07:11 PM

I am a bit amazed at the insistence that having these building blown up means that "God blesses America," and invites further such blessings. In fact, it was this "we are more special and beloved of God than anyone else" conceit which led us to the point where people hated us so much they thought blowing themselves up was the best way to express it.

Love our country, but allow for God to love all countries.

Posted by cwgraul September 15, 08 07:53 PM

Seven years ago I didn't quite understand what was happening. As the years have gone by I have watched and read about this event and the tragic consequences that followed. I find it hard to believe that there are people in this world that only exist to cause death and destruction to others just because they don't believe in the same things as they do. What a loathsome way to live. I feel sad for the families that lost loved ones that day and will never forget the heroic efforts that many made that day. I will never forget!

Posted by Rachel September 15, 08 08:50 PM

in picture 7 it says firefighters in the caption. it is however the NYPD. please make a correction. I know firemen get alot of credit for 9/11 and they rightfully deserve it but please don't forget the 23 Members of the Service from the NYPD that lost their lives attempting to rescue the men, women and children at the site that day and please don't belittle the countless members of the NYPD that worked at that site afterwards. Thank you.

Posted by Sam September 16, 08 08:01 PM

While we're at it, #269, how about a word or two (or even a thought for that matter) of thanks for the many hundreds of private sector, ordinary working stiffs who had NO job-related, or contractural duty to be there, and were NOT getting paid, but FREELY donated their time and efforts, risking their lives, health, and safety as well in order to assist in the initial stages of the search, rescue, and recovery operations.

Posted by Ken Pisano September 17, 08 12:57 PM

Most replies here made me though:

Strengh through Purity
Purity through Faith.
Gentlemen, USA prevails.

Posted by Dave September 17, 08 01:26 PM

It all comes back to you like it was yesterday....I was filing for a divorce, unhappy w/my husband, life. When those planes hit the world trade center, I closed my business, we sell restaurant equipment, went straight to my son's school, took him out and we went home. We all huddled around the TV for hours, not able to look away even for a minute. It was hard to go to bed, knowing that there were so many not able to do that, not able to look in their son's eyes again or husband, or brother or sister? My mouth gets dry thinking about it now. We sat in front of that TV
for days, watching, praying, wishing something different. I still divorced my husband, but I tried not to be evil about it. There was just too much going on in the world for that to be too important.

And to the woman who lost her son; I can't even imagine? I only have one son, he's 21, married and lives close by. I hate to say it, because I support the war, but I
would never let mine go. I know that's terrible, but he's the only thing I have left? I honestly don't think I could go on if I lost him. Like I said, I can't even imagine. And, time doesn't always make things better either. I know that, for sure. God bless
each and everyone of us.

On a different note:

During our recent wind storm, thanks to Ike, our electric was out for days, and people had to go back to the 4-way stops because all the traffic lights were out. I was delighted to see everyone taking their turn, no one honking for some old lady to go, who's not going fast enough, etc. Everyone was so nice and friendly, whole neighborhoods outside, visiting, kids outside playing, not inside on video games.
Neighbors helping each other patch their roofs, not calculating how much time they put in and charging someone for it. Just people helping people from their hearts. Just like right after 911.... I know we'll never forget, but some of us do???

Posted by Susan Bennett September 17, 08 01:48 PM

I feel sorry for you US ! Something like this never going to happend in Germany ,,, the history are still speaking.

Posted by Das bot September 17, 08 05:27 PM

Until a truly independent and public investigation of 9/11 takes place, the victims and their families will continue to be mocked by those who say "united we stand" and "never forget"... WHY hasn't Boston Globe called for a truly independent and public investigation of the murder of nearly 3,000 human beings? WHY haven't the victim's families received a REAL investigation into the murder of their loved ones? WHY is it taboo to ask questions about this tragedy??? WHY?!? Because the lying Bush Administration says so? Geezus, are we that gullible and ignorant? I'm not, and I will never stop pressing the need for a truly independent and public investigation into the 9/11 tragedy, not until one finally takes place!

Posted by Kerry September 18, 08 11:26 AM

As terrible as it was for the general public to watch (hear) the news on that awful mind will not let me imagine the sickening and unbelievable feelings that must have torn through all the relatives and friends of those involved that day! Some of you got phone calls telling you something that your mind could not understand.......some of you watched a tv screen, knowing that your loved one was in the midst of that confusion...others of you actually got personal phone calls from your loved one, as they faced unknown fears and your mind tried to deny it and then wrap itself around what was happening! God bless your hearts, I do not know how you all went through it and came out on the other side! All I can say many heroes......those who ran to help......those who went to sit with a friend or loved one through it all........those children who lost a parent or sibling and still are able to find a smile today......and certainly those extraordinary people on the third airplane that went down in Pa. There are no words big enough to express what they did! Your loved one aboard that airplane was the ultimate hero! I wish with all my heart that you hadn't had to give them up, in order for them to be a hero today. But I say thank you for what all those people did and what they showed America and God bless your families richly all the rest of your lives!

Posted by Bev September 18, 08 10:05 PM

Incredible what happened that time, however it seems like a trend has come alive. hard truth, but reality.

Posted by Anonymous September 20, 08 11:30 AM

im just learning about 9-11!!!

Posted by mima September 22, 08 04:11 PM

God Bless America............I remember watching the planes crash into these buildings on the television in the UK, we in the UK were horrified for our friends in America............I wish that all the world will live in peace. I hope God will help us and show us the way to do this.

Love to all you Americans from the UK. May God be with you.

Yvonne, Family and Friends.

Posted by Yvonne September 23, 08 01:41 AM

i cant believe that happen to all those people

Posted by Anonymous September 23, 08 11:16 AM

“When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace.”
"Jimi Hendrix"

Posted by my own beliefs September 24, 08 08:43 PM

i am from the UK, England. I will always remember the great loss of life what happened on this tragic day.
These evil people what did this, well they dont deserve to be called people, should all burn in HELL!
The innocent people who died that day, may you all rest in peace.

Posted by Stephen September 25, 08 04:02 PM

so sad

Posted by Anonymous September 26, 08 07:54 PM

I am Taimaz Mivehchian.I am an Iranian graphic designer & i am a muslim.we all were sad in iran,when it happened.we love peace and we dont want anybody to die.i dont know what is really the truth,but i dont accept the Bush or Ahmadinejad or other politic servers.i just want to say,i just want u to know,that Iran is a country with kind people that may invite u ti their home as a brother or sister.we hate war.we hate terrorism,we hate politic,we love peace and simply life.thnx.

Posted by Taimaz September 27, 08 04:10 AM

I am English but went to New York in 2005 i went to the church by the Hilton
with my wife im not religious in any way but i was very moved by the whole experience. I will be back again in 2009 to New york again we love the place
and the people God Bless you all that lost loved ones ...
Love to America and England...

Posted by kevin suffolk October 7, 08 04:08 PM

It was very sad about 9/11 and a terrible loss for all those families. But dont blame all Muslims for this, most are peace loving people and it is against the koran to commit terrorism. Fanatics read into it and alter it to justify their cause. and if you surf the net thoroughly you might find that the person to blame for 9/11 is a little bit closer to home.

Posted by tanith vosloo October 8, 08 05:16 PM

I am so sorry that osama did that, but bush was warned and sould have tried to do something and i pray every day that the war will end soon before any more attacks happen . GOD BLESS AMERICA ! HOME OF THE BRAVE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Madison Knott October 17, 08 09:53 PM


Posted by iuoloio November 1, 08 02:01 PM

I just the the pics of 9-11 I think they are very sad because of all the people dieing. I never seen anything of 9-11 until now because I did not have a T.V. At the time. So I just wanted to let every one know that. And I wanted if any one is out that has lost any one in the 9-11 I know how it feels to lose family members and friends.

P.S. Thank you for reading my note!!!!!!!

Posted by Rosie Thurber November 4, 08 03:14 PM

why are people so cured and why would god do this to us why would some one do this????

Posted by heaven November 14, 08 08:35 PM

That's nice, where do you get your information from Al Jazzerra?
And what about the 180,000 innocent kurds that Saadam killed? (source NYT, google it)

That's strange. Most of you (americans) seem to think that Irak had something to do with 911, right? I tought that 911 was alledelgy done by Bin Laden and he was supposed to be Afganistan? Americans were supposed to attack Afganistan to find Bin Laden? And Irak was attacked because of non existingchemical weapons.

Posted by SimonTTT January 10, 09 12:36 PM

I doubt that earth's people will ever come to a level of certain common sense and intelligence and finally get a global life.
Maybe religion is an attempt to get some collective thinking and acting going, but as it tuns out, this does not work either.
Many ignorant people are very quick to share their unreflected 'knowledge' or beliefs, all the patriotic and religious comments make me feel uncomfortable.
I hope for intelligence on this planet, but nature will be ruined anyway.
On a cosmic scale, it does not matter anyway. Insignificance, and then nothing..

Posted by doesitmatter? January 23, 09 09:05 AM

i hope to take my daughter on her 10th birthday to see the memorial/muesum. she was born on september 11, 2001. i think its good for all kids to see and know what the past was so they don't allow it in the future.

Posted by erica stevens February 2, 09 12:12 PM

I wish that not so many lives were destroyed after the 9/11/01 attack. I will be back in New York this year. God bless the men and wemen who die for us every single day so that we can have freedom.

Posted by robert knight February 20, 09 08:43 AM

i feel so bad when i am thinking about the attack. ;(

Posted by Sarah May 28, 09 01:04 PM

There R some insane ppl who have no love for there families, society and humanity they just harm others because they feel jealous of others happiness. They themselves are useless and 100% failure in life. It’s all about the “KARMA”.

Posted by b-OBBY August 7, 09 02:28 AM

that was so sad and scarry

Posted by sara September 9, 09 09:40 AM

i think this is really sad and i was only like four or five years old.

Posted by Nikki September 11, 09 08:15 AM

roeses are red but all things are not true but when i look at the pic my eyes alway turn blue

Posted by jamilla law September 11, 09 09:37 PM

It has Been 8 Years Now & 9/11/2001 Was a Very Sad Day & God Bless The FDNY & NYPD For Rescuing People & God Bless The Victim's & Families of 9/11/2001 Rip Too All Those Who Lost There Lives

Posted by Dean September 15, 09 12:25 AM

i was only 7 years old. i didnt know what was happening
i remember clearly the FIRST glance i took at the TV, i saw this guy running and then more people running in the streets filled with smoke.
then my mom told me what happened, and i innocently thought that the plane had crashed into the tower accidently.
hah, was i wrong.
this is sooo heartbreaking.
may they rest in peace.

Posted by me October 11, 09 07:06 PM

i was too young to really care about it but as im getting older i fully realize how painful it is for the familes and loved onces. RIP

Posted by NICHOLAS WOLFE November 17, 09 10:17 AM

I was only 6 years old. And until the day I die.. I will never forget this horrible day. God Bless America.

Posted by Tim L. December 15, 09 02:06 PM

i was a a held on that plane and i lived with just 3 frailed bones and 221 stiches in my leg thats it but im happy to be a live today 45 yrs old

Posted by justin December 17, 09 04:12 PM

I remember the day perfectly I woke up to the news, My mom was freaking out! I didn't understand why. But now that I'm older and understand I know how scary it must have been to everyone in our country that day.
God Bless all the people that lost there lives that day..

Posted by Tyler December 18, 09 12:41 PM


Posted by R2D2 August 17, 10 04:03 PM

Never to be forgotten but we WILL rise above terror. GOD IS OUR FORTRESS AND OUR STRENGTH.

Posted by (Alta) Lois Cole December 16, 10 01:19 PM

this was planned. a setup to get more oil

Posted by kb March 23, 11 11:19 AM

well i m really shocked when i saw the news that moment of time but i m very much glad to hear that osama bin laden is killed and it was killed in pakistan......atleast now the world will know the real motive of pakistan is to spread terrorism..........

urs truly friend,


Posted by STEVE May 10, 11 05:24 PM
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