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19 Years After 9/11, These Pictures Are Still As Heartbreaking As They Were Back Then

19 Years After 9/11, These Pictures Are Still As Heartbreaking As They Were Back Then

Even today, Americans can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers

Trigger Warning: This article contains graphic details and images

It has been 19 years. That is almost two decades since America faced a series of terrorist attacks by al-Qaeda. The terrorist organization targeted important landmarks that included the World Trade Center in New York City, the Pentagon in Washington DC, and a failed attempt to crash into the Capitol. It was an incident that left the whole nation devastated and reeling over these years, in order to recover.  Today marks a dark day in the recent history of America, one that is still fresh in the minds of those who lost their loved ones. Even today, Americans can recall exactly where they were and what they were doing when they heard the news of the planes crashing into the Twin Towers.

 

Image Source: Getty/ The 9/11 Tribute in Light shines above the lower Manhattan skyline on September 10, 2020, in New York City. The National September 11 Memorial & Museum’s annual Tribute in Light was initially canceled this year due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo reversed this decision, announcing that the state will provide health personnel and supervision to maintain the light installation. (Photo by Michael M Santiago)

 

This year, among a lot of things, the usual commemoration rituals are also being altered. According to Associated Press, to adhere to coronavirus-safety precautions, split-screen remembrances one at the memorial plaza at the World Trade Center and another on a nearby corner will be placed. The Pentagon’s observance will also be restricted and not even victims’ families will be allowed to attend. Only small groups of mourners can visit the memorial to pay their respects there later in the day.

The memory of the day becomes a haunting reminder every year for the Americans. Here are a few heartbreaking visuals from the day. Discretion is advised while pursuing the following.

 

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Image Source: Getty Images/  Civilians flee the area as a tower of the World Trade Center collapses on September 11, 2001, in New York City after two airplanes slammed into the twin towers in an alleged terrorist attack. (Photo by Spencer Platt)

 


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Image Source: Getty/ An unidentified New York City firefighter walks away from Ground Zero after the collapse of the Twin Towers on September 11, 2001, in New York City. 
(Photo by Anthony Correia)

 

 


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Image Source: Getty/ A man falls to his death from the World Trade Center after two planes hit the twin towers on September 11, 2001, in New York City in a terrorist attack. (Photo by Jose Jimenez)

 

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Image Source: Getty/ The Washington Monument stands in the background as firefighters pour water on a fire at the Pentagon that was caused by a hijacked plane crashing into the building on September 11, 2001, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Greg Whitesell)

 

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Image Source: Getty/ Pentagon civilian employee Rose Sato (L) and Sgt. First Class Monica Morris cry at a ceremony to remember the victims of the September 11 terrorist attacks on December 11, 2001, at the Pentagon in Arlington, VA.
(Photo by Manny Ceneta)

 

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Image Source: Getty/ Firefighter Tony James cries while attending the funeral service for New York Fire Department Chaplain Rev. Mychal Judge, in front of the St. Francis of Assisi Church on September 15, 2001, in New York City. Judge died while giving the last rites to a fireman in the collapse of the World Trade Center.  (Photo by Joe Raedle)

 


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Image Source: Getty/ Family members of William Valcarcer, a fire marshall on the 87th floor of the World Trade Center North tower who perished in the September 11 attack, participate in a memorial tree planting ceremony on September 10, 2002, at the New York Botanical Garden located in the Bronx, New York.  (Photo by Jose Jimenez) 

 

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Image Source: Getty/ A firefighter breaks down after the World Trade Center buildings collapsed on September 11, 2001, after two hijacked airplanes slammed into the twin towers in a terrorist attack. (Photo by Mario Tama)

 

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Image Source: Getty/ People evacuate the area around the World Trade Center after it was hit by two planes September 11, 2001, in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama)

 


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Image Source: Getty/ People run away as the North Tower of World Trade Center collapses after a hijacked airliner hit the building September 11, 2001, in New York City. (Photo by Jose Jimenez)

 

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Image Source: Getty/ Rescue workers sift through the wreckage of the World Trade Center September 13, 2001, in New York City, two days after two hijacked airplanes slammed into the twin towers, leveling them in an alleged terrorist attack. (Photo by Mario Tama)

 


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Image Source:  Getty/ A woman who lost her boyfriend in the attacks pauses across from the World Trade Center before the start of a morning commemoration ceremony for the victims of the terrorist attacks seventeen years after the day on September 11, 2018, in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt)

 

 


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Image Source: Getty/ New York City firefighters and police officers hold an American flag during the playing of the National Anthem at the start of a ceremony commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site on September 11, 2007, in New York City. (Photo by Justin Lane-Pool)

 

 


 

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