The Department of Defense and several other agencies have released dozens of images that reveal the aftermath of the Islamist attacks on the Pentagon, New York's Twin Towers, and in Pennsylvania. It has been sixteen years since the attacks that left nearly 3,000 people dead and set the United States and its allies on a war footing that has not yet ceased. The nation remembered the attack with a Tribute in Light that rose above the Manhattan skyline on Sunday evening to honor the dead with twin beams of light that reached into the heavens. Thousands are expected to gather on Monday at the World Trade Center to remember the dead, who lost their lives during the deadliest terror attack on American soil.

President George W. Bush confers with Vice President Dick Cheney

President Donald Trump and the First Lady led a moment of silence at the White House to also pay homage to the victims and heroes of the attacks.

 

The photos released on Monday include candid photos of then-President George Bush as he received information about the attacks and set about a response. In one photo, he is depicted in an elementary school classroom where he was reading a book to school children as the coordinated attacks unfolded.

Photos from within the charred section of the Pentagon where an American Airlines jetliner was purposefully crashed showed the devastation it left behind. A clock, for example, appears frozen in time, while in another photo a telephone is shown to have melted from the heat of the flames.

Other photos show Bush huddled with White House staff, including then-Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice. 

Above is a video that shows the reaction of people on the ground in Manhattan as one of the two towers collapses, spewing toxic dust and smoke. Survivors run through the streets on the morning of September 11, 2001, screaming and shouting.

Pieces of the American Airline jetliner were found at the Pentagon by forensics experts.

In one photo, the 'c' of American Airlines is seen on a piece of the fuselage found on the Pentagon grounds.

George W. Bush was pictured greeting first responders on September 14, 2001 in New York City.

President Donald Trump observed a moment of silence on Monday at the same time that the first jetline struck. Trump also participated in a 9/11 observance at the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, hosted an observance for victims' relatives at the Pentagon on Monday. 

Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke delivered remarks at the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania. It was at that field where one of the airliners crashed after passengers and crew fought to take control from the Muslim hijackers who were flying the plane toward Washington. The presumed target was the White House.

 

Members of the Army's Old Guard join first-responders to unfurl the colors at the Pentagon.

 

        New York National Guardsmen search for human remains.

 



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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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