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United Airlines Flight 175 is seen moments before slamming into the south tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Sean Adair / Reuters

Smoke billows from one of the towers as flames and debris explode from the other.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Chao Soi Cheong / Associated Press

An explosion rips through the south tower of the World Trade Center as smoke billows from the north tower.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Clark / Associated Press

A stunned President George W. Bush looks past Chief of Staff Andrew Card as he hears the news about the World Trade Center attack while visiting Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Fla.


Smoke billows out of the burning World Trade Center towers before their collapse.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Henny Ray Abrams / AFP

The World Trade Center burns behind the Empire State Building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Marty Lederhandler / Associated Press

A person falls from the north tower of the World Trade Center as another clings to the outside, left center, while smoke and fire billow from the building.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Richard Drew / Associated Press

The south tower of the World Trade Center begins to collapse after the terrorist attack.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gulnara Samoilova / Associated Press

A person falls from the north tower after terrorists crashed two hijacked airliners into the World Trade Center.


People flee the area of the World Trade Center after the terrorist attacks.


People run as the World Trade Center towers crumble.


Two women embrace as they watch the World Trade Center burn.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Ernesto Mora / Associated Press

People flee Lower Manhattan across the Brooklyn Bridge after the terrorist attack.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Daniel Shanken / Associated Press

Rescue workers carry New York Fire Department Chaplain Rev. Mychal Judge from one of the World Trade Center towers in New York September 11, 2001. Father Judge died while administering last rites to a fallen firefighter after both towers of the World Trade Center collapsed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Shannon Stapleton / Reuters

A firefighter pauses from working at the scene of the World Trade Center terrorist attack.


Firefighters carry an injured fireman from the World Trade Center area after the buildings collapsed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Matt Moyer / Associated Press

With the Statue of Liberty standing in New York Harbor, smoke rises from Lower Manhattan after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Charles Krupa / Associated Press

Smoke rises from the Pentagon after it was struck by American Airlines Flight 77.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: David Holloway / Potomac News

Flames and smoke pour from the Pentagon after it was struck by American Airlines Flight 77.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Will Morris / Associated Press

An FBI aerial photo taking Sept. 12, 2001, shows the site of United 93's crash, which killed all 44 aboard.


Brooklyn firefighters raise an American flag at the disaster site on the day of the attacks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: THOMAS E. FRANKLIN / The Record/Associated Press

Work crews lift a fire truck from the debris of the collapsed World Trade Center. Hundreds of firefighters who tried to save thousands trapped in the center's two towers were missing in the rubble.


The wreckage of the World Trade Center seen from a broken office window nearby.


Firefighters walk through rubble near the base of the destroyed south tower of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001.


A destroyed subway station sits abandoned one day after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Lennihan / Associated Press

Rubble and ash fill Lower Manhattan streets after the World Trade Center towers collapsed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Boudicon One / Associated Press

Crews look for survivors in the ruins of the World Trade Center early on the morning of Sept. 14.


Five days after the attack, rescue workers are lowered into the ruins in the continuing search for survivors and the dead.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times

New York firefighters continue to battle a smoldering fire at the complex days after the attacks.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

At Washington Square Park, Carolyn Feller, left, tries to comfort Nilsa Rios, who knew a victim of the disaster.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Los Angeles Times / Los Angeles Times

The ruins of the World Trade Center continue to smolder almost a week after the Sept. 11 terrorist attack. Surrounding buildings were heavily damaged by the debris and massive force of the falling towers.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Eric J. Tilford / U.S. Navy / Associated Press

Members of the National Guard walk past a damaged car near the World Trade Center disaster.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

The Statue of Liberty can be seen at first light on Sept. 15, 2001, as the Lower Manhattan skyline sits in a thick cloud of smoke.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Dan Loh / Associated Press

Dust and grime from the collapsed buildings cover a street sign at the corner of Liberty and Albany almost a week after the attacks.


A woman breaks down into tears during a candlelight vigil at Union Square Park to honor the victims of Sept. 11 terrorist attack.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times

Trade reopens at the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, Sept. 17, 2001, after two minutes of silence and the singing of "God Bless America."

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

A crane works in the wreckage. This view is from the broken windows of an apartment in Battery Park City on Sept. 23, 2001.


A coalition of artists gathers Sept. 22, 2001, to perform a piece entitled "Our Grief Is Not A Cry For War," for victims of the World Trade Center attacks at a makeshift memorial in Union Square, New York.


New York firefighters, police officers and other workers meet for an interfaith memorial at the World Trade Center site on Oct. 11, 2001.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gary Friedman / Los Angeles Times

Yellow crime scene tape lies discarded next to a cross erected on a hill overlooking the valley where United Flight 93 crashed.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Mark Boster / Los Angeles Times

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  1. September 10, 2010, 9:24 pm

    […] Remembering 9/11 is a series of photos from The Los Angeles Times. […]

  2. September 12, 2010, 12:26 am

    The evil people who did this and those who support them deserve all the misfortune that the universe can pile upon them. And that is my p.c. opinion. The Times would never allow me to post what I really think.

    By: Proud American
  3. September 15, 2010, 3:22 pm

    And let's not allow a victory mosque to be constructed in the shadow of the Twin Towers in NYC which is advocated for the purpose of healing and interfaith dialogue…when we all know that isn't the case. The iman is advancing a radical islamic agenda without regard to the pain and hurt he is causing.

    By: MIke
  4. September 9, 2011, 9:12 pm

    You're currently at 12 thumb's down. I'm glad the country has gotten past the knee-jerk reaction that you still possess. YOU and your type are a bigger threat to this country than any mosque will ever be.

    By: DG3
  5. August 31, 2011, 11:14 pm

    9/11 is being exploited as a rallying point for nationalism and militarism. 9/11 images have been used for political campaigns and it's legacy corrupted to rationalise torture and endless wars of attrition.
    Aside from the bereaved who have actually lost someone this has nothing to actually do with most people.

    By: donalcam
  6. September 9, 2011, 9:14 pm

    Then why do we keep showing the attacks on Pearl Harbor?

    Sorry, your argument is weak. We show them because, good or bad, it's part of of history.

    By: DG3
  7. September 7, 2011, 12:31 pm

    painful for humans.

  8. September 7, 2011, 9:28 pm

    donalcam – I do not personally know anyone who lost their lives on 9/11, nor do I really even know someone who knows someone. Still, I am deeply, deeply affected by what happened that day. I still choke up at the sight of these images and my heart breaks for all of those human beings who were murdered. Murdered. Do you forget that this was not an accident? How are you not affected by such a huge piece of our history? For shame.

    By: Chris
  9. September 11, 2011, 8:24 am

    the most amazing photo I believe I have ever seen – really. and it happened in the largest city on the most free nation on earth…beyond comprehension. let's get out of the middle east, never go back and take care of our own country after we tighten down our borders in every way possible.

    By: luna
  10. September 29, 2011, 2:47 am

    […] Photos: The militant attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 […]

  11. September 11, 2013, 10:07 am

    When I see these photos,my eyes can' t help welling up with tears. Just seeing the utter devastation of some of the icons of American society is tough enough, but when viewing the bodies of those who chose to jump instead of being burned alive or dying of smoke inhalation,just rips me to the core. My heartfelt condolences go out to the friends and families of those who lost loved ones on that day. May God bless them, and may GOD BLESS THE U.S.A.

    By: cjhudo
  12. September 11, 2013, 10:35 pm

    Weird how there is not one picture of Building Se7en. Odd

    By: Frank Rizzo
  13. September 11, 2014, 9:21 pm

    The reason that this terrorist group did this was to get attention. It is cruel but they got what they


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