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Reuters, the pre-eminent news organization, offers a moving written and pictorial testimony of the events of September 11.
This chapter is from the book

This chapter is from the book

SEPTEMBER 11 a testimony

Black smoke and dust billow through surrounding buildings as the second tower collapses at about 10:30 a.m.Black smoke and dust billow through surrounding buildings as the second tower collapses at about 10:30 a.m.


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.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.


Mechanical excavators methodically clear the site at ground zero, September 26.Mechanical excavators methodically clear the site at ground zero, September 26.


Risking their lives in search-and-rescue sweeps, firefighters descend deep into the rubble, September 14.Risking their lives in search-and-rescue sweeps, firefighters descend deep into the rubble, September 14.


A rescue dog is transported out of the debris with pulleys and ropes in the exhaustive search for survivors, September 15.A rescue dog is transported out of the debris with pulleys and ropes in the exhaustive search for survivors, September 15.


A night view of the Manhattan skyline shows the smoke and glow replacing the once distinctive outline of the landmark twin towers.A night view of the Manhattan skyline shows the smoke and glow replacing the once distinctive outline of the landmark twin towers.


Members of a church choir prepare backstage with the American flag as a backdrop during "A Prayer for America" memorial in Miami, September 18.Members of a church choir prepare backstage with the American flag as a backdrop during "A Prayer for America" memorial in Miami, September 18.


A man sits in front of flowers left in tribute at the Seattle Center International Fountain on September 16.</b></p>A man sits in front of flowers left in tribute at the Seattle Center International Fountain on September 16.


People along the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City, New Jersey, light candles for the victims of the attacks as smoke pours out of ground zero across the river, September 16.</b></p>People along the Hudson River waterfront in Jersey City, New Jersey, light candles for the victims of the attacks as smoke pours out of ground zero across the river, September 16.


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.</b></p>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.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.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.


Britain's Prince William signs the condolence book at the American Consulate in Edinburgh for the victims of the attacks on the United States, September 21.Britain's Prince William signs the condolence book at the American Consulate in Edinburgh for the victims of the attacks on the United States, September 21.


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."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.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.


A satellite image of Manhattan taken at 11:43 a.m. on September 12 by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite shows a column of white dust and smoke where the World Trade Center once stood.A satellite image of Manhattan taken at 11:43 a.m. on September 12 by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite shows a column of white dust and smoke where the World Trade Center once stood.


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