PHOTOS | Remembering 9/11

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  • A candle with flowers sits on the 9/11 memorial during memorial ceremonies for the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center site September 11, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by David Karp-Pool/Getty Images)
  • Policemen and firemen run away from the huge dust cloud caused as the World Trade Center's Tower One collapses after terrorists crashed two hijacked planes into the twin towers, September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images)
  • A fireman runs as the World Trade Center crumbles after two planes hit the building September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images)
  • The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses sending dust and smoke into the streets 11 September, 2001, in New York. Two planes crashed into the towers which later collapsed. (Photo: AARON MILESTONE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Fire fighters struggle to contain a spreading fire after a highjacked commercial jetliner crashed into the Pentagon September 11, 2001 in Arlington, Virginia. The Pentagon terrorist attack followed an attack on the twin towers of the New York World Trade Center in what is being called the worst terrorist attack in history. (U.S. Air Force Photo by TSgt Jim Varhegyi via Getty Images)
  • Medical personnel load a wounded Pentagon worker into an ambulance at the first medical triage area set up outside the Pentagon September 11, 2001 after a hijacked commercial airliner crashed into the southwest corner of the building in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Journalist 1st Class Mark D. Faram/U.S. Navy/Getty Images)
  • People run away as the North Tower of World Trade Center collapses after a hijacked airliner hit the building September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Jose Jimenez/Primera Hora/Getty Images)
  • Smoke billowing up after the first of the two towers of the World Trade Center collapses in New York City. Two planes were crashed into the twin towers of the center, collapsing both towers. Another plane was crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC and a fourth was crashed into a field in Pennylvania. (Photo: HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 11: Hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center and explodes at 9:03 a.m. on September 11, 2001 in New York City. The crash of two airliners hijacked by terrorists loyal to al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and subsequent collapse of the twin towers killed some 2,800 people. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • A fiery blasts rocks the World Trade Center after being hit by two planes September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • Smoke pours from the Southwest E-ring of the Pentagon building September 11, 2001 in Arlington, Virginia after a hijacked plane crashed into the building and set off a huge explosion. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
  • Smoke pours from the World Trade Center after being hit by two planes September 11, 2001 in New York City. (Photo by Craig Allen/Getty Images)
  • A 200-foot gash exposes interior sections of the Pentagon following a suspected terrorist crash of a hijacked commercial airliner into the Pentagon September 11, 2001 in Arlington, VA. The attack came at approximately 9:40 a.m. as the plane, originating from Washington D.C.'s Dulles airport, was flown into the southern side of the building. (Photo: Bob Houlihan/U.S. Navy/Getty Images)
  • Officials examine the crater 11 September 2001 at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The plane from Newark, New Jersey, and bound for San Francisco, California, is believed to have been hijacked and crashed in the field killing all 45 people on board.(Photo: DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Pedestrians run from the scene as one of the World Trade Center Towers collapses 11 September, 2001 in New York following a terrorist plane crash on the twin towers. (Photo: DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • US President George W. Bush being informed by his chief of staff Andrew Card of the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York during an early morning school reading event in Sarasota, Florida. (Photo: PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Julia Peterson holds son Campbell, age 6 from Bethesda, MD, whose grandfather Donald Peterson died on Flight 93 in Pennsylvania, during a ceremony to commemorate the six-month anniversary of September 11th terrorist acts on the South Lawn of the White House 11 March 2002.(photo: STEPHEN JAFFE/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Firefighters making their way through the rubble of the World Trade Center in New York after two hijacked planes flew into the landmark skyscrapers. (Photo: DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A visitor looks over a memorial to the victims of United Airlines Flight 93 near the site of the plane crash in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, 20 September, 2001. Flight 93 crashed in a field during a coordinated terrorist attack on the US 11 September. (Photo: DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A Coke truck sits among the rubble after the collapse of the first World Trade Center Tower 11 September, 2001 in New York. (Photo: DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • The North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial is seen during the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site.(Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
  • President Barack Obama visits the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site, September 11, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Kristoffer Tripplaar-Pool/Getty Images)
  • Investigative personnel search the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 looking for debris and evidence, including the plane's flight recorder, 12 September 2001 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The hijacked plane crashed killing all 45 people on board. (Photo: DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A National Transportation Safety Board worker walks by an FBI trailer at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, PA,12 September 2001. The plane from Newark, NJ, bound for San Francisco, CA, is believed to have been hijacked, and crashed in a field in Shanksville. Forty-five people were on board the plane, and there were no survivors. (Photo: DAVID MAXWELL/AFP/Getty Images)
  • An unidentified New York City firefighter walks away from Ground Zero after the collapse of the Twin Towers September 11, 2001 in New York City. The World Trade Center's Twin Towers and the Pentagon were attacked by terrorists using commercial airliners as missiles. (Photo by Anthony Correia/Getty Images)
  • An unidentified New York City firefighter walks away from Ground Zero after the collapse of the Twin Towers September 11, 2001 in New York City. The World Trade Center's Twin Towers and the Pentagon were attacked by terrorists using commercial airliners as missiles. (Photo by Anthony Correia/Getty Images)
  • A Pentagon official stands across the Pentagon from which smoke is billowing following an airplane crash 11 September, 2001. (Photo: OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP/Getty Images)
  • A man stands in the rubble and calls out asking if anyone needs help, after the collapse of the first World Trade Center Tower in New York City.(Photo: DOUG KANTER/AFP/Getty Images)
  • New York City firefighters hug each other during rescue operations at the World Trade Center after two hijacked planes crashed into the Twin Towers September 11, 2001 in New York. (Photo by Ron Agam/Getty Images)
  • Military personnel move down highway I-395 while evacuating the Pentagon September 11, 2001 after a hijacked commercial airliner crashed into the southwest corner of the building in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Journalist 1st Class Mark D. Faram/U.S. Navy/Getty Images)
  • The twin towers of the World Trade Center billow smoke after hijacked airliners crashed into them early 11 September, 2001. The suspected terrorist attack has caused the collapsed of both towers. (Photo: HENNY RAY ABRAMS/AFP/Getty Images)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama make a stop at Section 60 to mark the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama make a stop at Section 60 to mark the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama make a stop at Section 60 to mark the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)
  • US soldiers from 1-64 Coy. operating out of Lindsey-Foward Operating Base, FOB, stand in formation during a brief ceremony in remembrance of those who perished eleven years ago in the 9/11 attacks in the US, in Kandahar province on September 11, 2012. Taliban has taunted the United States with the prospect of "utter defeat" in Afghanistan, marking the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks that saw US troops invade to bring down the militia's repressive regime. The anniversary itself
  • US military platoons operating out of Lindsey-Foward Operating Base, FOB, stand in formation during a brief ceremony in remembrance of those who perished eleven years ago in the 9/11 attacks in the US, in Kandahar province (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/GettyImages)
  • US soldiers from 1-64 Coy. operating out of Lindsey-Foward Operating Base, FOB, stand in formation during a brief ceremony in remembrance of those who perished eleven years ago in the 9/11 attacks in the US, in Kandahar province (TONY KARUMBA/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Firemen pay their respects at the 9/11 memorial during ceremonies for the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
  • The World Trade Center site is reflected on a piece of marble on the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks September 11, 2012 (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • Cynthia Salter, who lost her sister, Catherine, in the South Tower on 9/11 pauses in front of the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial during observances commemorating the eleventh anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, on September 11, 2012 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
  • A crowd of 300 people gather to listen to Vice President Joseph Biden speak at the Flight 93 National Memorial (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
  • U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden (3L) lays a wreath with Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar in front of the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial during observances (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
  • The sister of firefighter Manny Del Valle, J.r. holds a picture of him across from the World Trade Center site
  • Smoke and flames rise over the Pentagon on September 11, 2001, following a terrorist crash of a hijacked commercial airliner at approximately 9:40 A.M. The plane, originating from Washington D.C.'s Dulles Airport, was flown into the southern side of the building. (Photo: U.S. Navy/Getty Images)
  • A visitor pauses in front of the Wall of Names (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
  • U.S. Vice President Joseph Biden speaks at the Flight 93 National Memorial (Photo by Jeff Swensen/Getty Images)
  • A woman cries on engravings of names on the 9/11 memorial during ceremonies (Photo by Craig Ruttle-Pool/Getty Images)
  • David Peters displays a jacket with a painting of the Twin Towers outside of the World Trade Center site (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • Obama (C), speaks while flanked by Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta (L), and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey (R) (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
  • A woman cries on engravings of names on the 9/11 memorial during ceremonies (Photo by Craig Ruttle-Pool/Getty Images)
  • President Barack Obama (R) , First Lady Michelle Obama (L), and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta pay their respects in front of a wreath during a ceremony commemorating the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on September 11, 2012 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)
  • A flag sits in a name of the 9/11 Memorial before ceremonies (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
  • An honor guard carries the World Trade Center flag(Photo by Craig Ruttle-Pool/Getty Images)
  • Fireman heading south on the West Side Highway towards the remains of the World Trade Center where smoke continued hours after the colapse. Streets of lower Manhattan with fireman, police, and rescue crews after the colapse of the World Trade Center after being hit by two airplanes on September 11, 2001. (photo: Gabe Palacio/ImageDirect/Getty Images)
  • U.S. President Barack Obama (C), speaks during a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the Pentagon, September 11, 2012 in Arlington, Virginia. U.S. President Barack Obama joined staff and family members at the Pentagon to commemorate the eleventh anniversary of the September 11 attacks. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
  • NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Kowan Skinner holds up a flag in memory of his father Frank Neil Davis across from the World Trade Center site (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
  • People look at the names engraved into the 9/11 Memorial during ceremonies for the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
  • A family member views the names of victims engraved into the 9/11 Memorial during ceremonies (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
  • US President Barack Obama flanked by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta (L) and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey listens to the national anthem during a ceremony commemorating the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on September 11, 2012 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. ( MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Obama watches as US Defense Secretary Leon Panetta speaks during a ceremony commemorating the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on September 11, 2012 at the Pentagon in Washington, DC. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/GettyImages)
  • Hundreds of ceramic plates pay homage to the victims of the September 11 attacks on a fence next to St. Vincent's Hospital, the hospital closest to the World Trade Center and which treated more than 800 people on 9/11. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
    
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The Sept. 11 attacks still elicit sadness, anxiety and anger for many. But as we enter the 11th year after that tragic day, it begs the question: How will the nation mark the occasion as the horrors of that day, as well as the victims and heroes, fade from our collective memories?

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