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50 Powerful Images Of Humanity And Solidarity In The Years Since 9/11

Since the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001, the country has honored those who lost their lives in the attacks in a variety of ways.

1. On Sept. 13, 2001, students from New York University made a memorial quilt for the victims.

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“The only way we will succeed is to unite.”

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2. A search dog sleeps behind a firefighter at Ground Zero on Sept. 15, 2001.

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3. President George W. Bush threw a strike off a first pitch as Yankee Stadium roared before Game 3 of the World Series in New York on Oct. 30, 2001.

Sports, an afterthought after 9/11, were a way for people to come together.

4. An NYPD officer signs an American flag hard hat for a construction worker after the Christmas tree lighting at Ground Zero on Dec. 7, 2001.

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5. NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg offers condolences to Talat Hamdani, mother of World Trade Center victim Salman Hamdani on April 5, 2002.

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6. U.S. Navy Sailors visit New York during Fleet Week on May 28, 2002.

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7. May 30, 2002, when recovery efforts ended at Ground Zero.

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9. Over 3,000 people in Australia replicate the American flag on the one year anniversary of 9/11.

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11. The country stopped to reflect on Sept. 11, 2002, as it has every year since. This was New York.

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12. Washington, D.C.

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13. Boston.

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14. Cincinnati.

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15. Los Angeles.

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16. Colorized photos of 343 fallen firefighters on 9/11 by artist Peter Max.

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17. Former New York City Mayor Rudolph Guiliani hugs an officer on Sept. 11, 2003.

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18. The design for the tower at One World Trade Center is unveiled on Dec. 19, 2003.

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19. Children born on 9/11 came together at a Toys R Us two years later in New York.

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20. A child’s artwork titled “My Dad’s Firehouse” is displayed Sept. 9, 2004. The artwork was part of a show of works by children of 9/11 victims.

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21. Two New Jersey firemen wave American flags atop their firetruck as the blue tribute in lights shine above them on Sept. 11, 2004.

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22. Mourners toss flowers in a reflecting pool at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2005.

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23. Scribbled on a wall near Ground Zero ahead of the fifth anniversary of 9/11:

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24. New York on Sept. 11, 2006.

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26. Patricia Smith, the daughter of fallen police officer Moira Smith, during the reading of the names.

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27. Memorial for United Flight 93, which crashed in Pennsylvania after passengers fought back against hijackers.

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28. Freedom Tower commemorative steel beam is raised at Ground Zero on Dec. 19, 2006.

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29. New York on Sept. 11, 2007.

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30. New York City Fire Chief Salvatore Cassano kisses the hand of Pope Benedict XVI at Ground Zero on April 20, 2008.

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31. Cazzandra Peterson tosses a rose into the reflecting pool in memory of her father William on Sept. 11, 2008.

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32. Presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain during the 2008 election took time away from the campaign to honor the victims.

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33. The memorial service at Ground Zero on Sept. 11, 2009.

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34. Americans walk among flags erected by students and staff from Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, on Sept. 10, 2010.

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35. They placed nearly 3,000 flags in the ground to honor the victims of September 11.

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37. Vice President Joe Biden consoles the relative of a 9/11 victim on Sept. 11, 2010.

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38. President Barack Obama holds a child who lost a relative in the 9/11 attacks at an event at the Pentagon Memorial.

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39. On May 1, 2011, many Americans celebrated news of the death of Osama bin Laden, feeling that justice for the victims of the 9/11 attacks had finally come.

 

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40. A couple embraces on the Hudson River waterfront with the rising One World Trade Center in the background on July 6, 2011.

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41. Ten years later.

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42. Sept. 11, 2011.

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44. St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City.

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45. The 9/11 Memorial previewed the “In Memoriam” exhibition on Sept. 10, 2012.

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46. The Tribute in Light next to One World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2012.

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47. The spire for One World Trade Center arrived by barge on Dec. 11, 2012.

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48. Sept. 9, 2013.

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49. New York Fire Department firefighters Andrew and Michael Esposito make a rubbing of their father’s name, Michael A. Esposito, from the 9/11 memorial.

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50. A woman looks at names of victims on the wall of the 9/11 Empty Sky memorial at sunrise on Sept. 11, 2013.

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