September 11: A Testimony
SEPTEMBER 11 a testimony
Just outside Washington, D.C., at 9:38 a.m., barely an hour after the first New York attack, American Airlines Flight 77 slams into the southwest side of the Pentagon. A rescue helicopter surveys damage to the five-sided symbol of American military might as firefighters battle flames.
Firefighters and priests watch as the casket of New York Fire Department Chaplain Rev. Mychal Judge leaves the funeral service. Judge is eulogized as a man who ushered firefighters through life, helped the homeless, and kept vigil at the bedsides of sick children.
Strangers reach across aisles to hold hands as part of the "A Prayer for America" memorial service at Yankee Stadium on September 23. Mourners in the stadium hear prayers from the world's major religions. It is broadcast on large screens in Brooklyn and Staten Island and run live on several television and radio stations.
Across the Hudson River in New Jersey, a separate event for that state's victims is held in a park with views of the scarred Manhattan skyline. In this picture, a woman writes a message on a wall for victims before the start of the New Jersey Victims Memorial.
President Bush holds up the badge of Port Authority police officer George Howard while addressing a joint session of Congress in Washington on September 20. Bush says he will carry with him the shield that belonged to Howard, killed trying to help others at the World Trade Center, and which is given to the president by the officer's mother. "This is my reminder of lives that ended and a task that does not end," says Bush. "I will not forget this wound to my country or those who inflicted it."
Arlene Howard waves a flag to hundreds of law enforcement representatives at the funeral of her son, George, at St. Ignatius Roman Catholic Church in Hicksville, Long Island, September 19. She sent her son's badge to President Bush.