Carrying a worn American flag, members of the New York Police Department rehearse for the city’s memorial service in honor of the 14th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
At the 9/11 Memorial in New York City, roses stand in the engraving for Gary R. Box. Two pools now sit where the Twin Towers once stood. Surrounding the pools are the names of those killed in both the 9/11 attacks and the World Trade Center bombing of February 1993.
New York and New Jersey politicians – including Senator Chuck Schumer, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, New Jersey Governor (and Republican presidential candidate) Chris Christie and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand as well as former New York City Mayors Rudy Giuliani and Michael Bloomberg – come out in full force for the September 11 Commemoration Ceremony in New York City.
All throughout the country, people are remembering September 11. Tony Bateman, a retired captain for the Charlotte, N.C., fire department, looks out at the 2,997 flags placed in Romare Bearden Park in Charlotte to honor of the victims of 9/11. In his arms, he holds his niece, LIla Grace Nobles.
Even abroad, Americans are marking the solemn occasion. At the headquarters of the International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, Afghanistan, NATO soldiers stand behind a remembrance wreath during a memorial ceremony.
On the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, D.C., President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama lead a moment of silence to honor the lives lost on September 11, 2001.
A New York City firefighter breaks down in tears after placing a flower on the 9/11 Memorial, honoring all of the first responders who lost their lives attempting to save others after the Twin Towers collapsed.
Members of the Port Authority Police Department attend a solemn rehearsal at the 9/11 Memorial ahead of the ceremony commemorating the 14th anniversary of the attacks.
Betsy and Herb Wolk take a moment before the observance ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., to remember their son-in-law, Lt. Darin H. Pontell, who died in the attacks.
A family member of a 9/11 victim commemorates her lost loved one by bringing his photo to the annual memorial ceremony in New York.
In addition to the daytime tributes in Lower Manhattan, the annual Tribute in Light – two beams of white light that soar into the sky, not unlike the Twin Towers – will shine on Friday night, as they have all week.
Members of the New York Police Department carry the flag at the 14th anniversary ceremony in New York, while bagpipers and drummers play for victims’ loved ones.