Never Forget

I’ve spent a large portion of this day thinking about this day ten years ago. I walked in to my pre-calculus class to find my teacher, who was normally scrawling problems on the chalkboard, sitting raptly in front of the tiny television in her room. When the bell rang, we asked her what was going on, and she just motioned for us to watch. We saw the second plane hit. And then we witnessed both towers fall on live television, utterly shocked and dismayed that something like this could happen.

The rest of the day was a blur as we heard about the Pentagon and the crash landing in Pennsylvania, too.

So much has changed in our country and our world since that fateful September day. So many lives have taken different directions. And we are still healing as a nation, vowing to never forget the events that occurred and those who lost their lives.

In my reflection, I have come across a few photo galleries that spoke to me, and, as a photographer and someone who cannot imagine covering such a horrific event (but as someone who can imagine getting a frantic call and running out to find breaking news), I feel compelled to share them with you.

Here are the 9/11 photos that moved photo editors, photographers and editors the most.

And here are James Nachtwey’s previously unpublished images from 9/11.

… All of these photographs are hauntingly and horrifically beautiful. I cried reading the snippets beneath each image. And I hope they pull at your heartstrings in the same way as you remember where you were the morning of September 11, 2001, when you heard the news about the attacks.

Tonight, let us remember those who perished, the unspoken heroes and the unity we felt in the days and weeks afterward, knowing our similarities are greater than our differences.

Let us never forget.

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