9/11 Anniversary: Iconic Images To Remember Tragic Attacks 16 Years Later [PHOTOS]

Remembering 9/11
Members of the New York Police Department, Fire Department of New York and Port Authority Police Department carry an American flag at the beginning of the memorial observances held at the site of the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2014. In the following slide show, we'll see some of the most iconic images that resulted from the 9/11 attacks. Some of them might be too graphic, so viewer discretion is advised. REUTERS/Andrew Burton/POOL

September 11, 2001 is a day we will never forget. The United States and the world watched in horror as terrorist attacks resulted in the loss of almost 3,000 people after al-Qaeda terrorists hijacked four passenger planes to be flown into buildings in suicide attacks. Two of those planes, American Airlines Flight 11 and United Airlines Flight 175, were crashed into the North and South towers, respectively, of the World Trade Center complex in New York City. Within two hours, both towers collapsed with debris and the resulting fires caused partial or complete collapse of all other buildings in the complex.

A third plane, American Airlines Flight 77, crashed into the Pentagon, leading to a partial collapse in its western side. The fourth plane, United Airlines Flight 93, was targeted at Washington, D.C., but crashed into a field near Shanksville, Pennsylvania, after its passengers tried to overcome the hijackers. Almost 3,000 people died in the attacks, including the 227 civilians and 19 hijackers aboard the four planes. It also was the deadliest incident for firefighters and for law enforcement officers in the history of the United States, with 343 and 72 killed respectively.

Here are some iconic images that will forever remain in our memory and will encourage us to keep fighting for a better America: united, free and more beautiful.

Remembering 9/11 The second tower of the World Trade Center bursts into flames after being hit by a hijacked airplane in New York September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Sara K. Schwittek Remembering 9/11 Then President George W. Bush listens as White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card informs him of a second plane hitting the World Trade Center while Bush was conducting a reading seminar at the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Win McNamee Remembering 9/11 People look out of the burning North tower of the World Trade Center in New York City September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen Remembering 9/11 Pedestrians react to the World Trade Center collapse September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Stringer Remembering 9/11 The remaining tower of New York's World Trade Center, Tower 2, dissolves in a cloud of dust and debris about a half hour after the first twin tower collapsed September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine Remembering 9/11 Rescue workers carry mortally injured New York City Fire Department chaplain, the Rev. Mychal Judge, from the wreckage of the World Trade Center in New York City September 11, 2001. The Chaplain was crushed to death by falling debris while giving a man last rites in the trade center. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Remembering 9/11 The two towers of the World Trade Center in New York City burn September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen Remembering 9/11 A rescue helicopter surveys damage to the Pentagon as firefighters battle flames after a hijacked airplane crashed into the U.S. military headquarters outside of Washington, September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Larry Downing Remembering 9/11 A group of firefighters walk amid rubble near the base of the destroyed south tower of the World Trade Center in New York September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Peter Morgan Remembering 9/11 The towers of New York's World Trade Center pour smoke shortly after being struck by hijacked commercial aircraft September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Brad Rickerby Remembering 9/11 A helicopter flies past The World Trade Center after a commercial plane slammed into it in New York City early, September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Jeff Christensen Remembering 9/11 The wreck of the World Trade Center smolders in the background as a man passes a subway stop near ther World Trade Center Towers after planes crashed into each of the buildings in New York on September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Peter Morgan Remembering 9/11 An American flag flies near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2001, taken after the collapse of the towers. REUTERS/Peter Morgan Remembering 9/11 Workers at St. Vincent's Hospital wait for injured people from the World Trade Center towers after planes crashed into the buildings, in New York on September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Peter Morgan Remembering 9/11 A firefighter walks amid rubble near the base of the destroyed World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Peter Morgan Remembering 9/11 The damaged area of the Pentagon building, where a commercial jetliner slammed into it September 11, is seen in the early morning at sunrise with the U.S. Capitol Building in the background, September 16, 2001. REUTERS/Larry Downing Remembering 9/11 A New York City fireman calls for more rescue workers to make their way into the rubble of the World Trade Center September 15, 2001. REUTERS/U.S. Navy Photo by Journalist 1st Class Preston Keres Remembering 9/11 Firemen work near the wreckage of the World Trade Center after planes crashed into each of the buildings in New York on September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Peter Morgan Remembering 9/11 Then President Bush is shown with retired firefighter Bob Beckwith (R) at the scene of the World Trade Center disaster on September 14, 2001. REUTERS/Win McNamee Remembering 9/11 A lone police officer sits away from where family members of the victims of the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center were gathering at the base of the "Ground Zero," September 11, 2002. REUTERS/Mike Segar Remembering 9/11 Courtney Ball, 19, of Sommerville, New Jersey, cries at the Flight 93 Temporary Memorial just outside Shanksville, Pennsylvania, September 11, 2005. REUTERS/Jason Cohn Remembering 9/11 Pedestrians and police run as a tower of the World Trade Center collapses, after two planes crashed into the complex destroying New York's mighty twin towers September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Reuters TV Remembering 9/11 A man grieves outside the World Trade Center site in New York September 11, 2006. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Remembering 9/11 A picture of a person who died in the September 11th attacks at the World Trade Center are seen on a fence at the site in New York, May 3, 2011 after U.S. forces killed al Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden in Pakistan. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Remembering 9/11 Cars smolder in the street as the destroyed World Trade Center burns in New York on September 11, 2001. REUTERS/Peter Morgan

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Maria G. Valdez

Maria was born and raised in Dominican Republic, where she began her career in journalism covering human interest stories, entertainment, beauty and wellness for a national magazine. She moved to New York City to study Musical Theatre, but went back to journalism after graduating in an attempt of becoming the Latina Carrie Bradshaw. She has an unhealthy obsession with JLo and claims to be Sofia Vergara’s long-lost daughter, and has tried a crazy amount of treatments to keep looking young. She became a Zumba instructor for fun.

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