“All of a sudden there were people screaming. I saw people jumping out of the building. Their arms were flailing. I stopped taking pictures and started crying.” — Michael Walters, a freelance photo journalist in Manhattan
“Remember the hours after September 11th when we came together as one to answer the attack against our homeland. We drew strength when our firefighters ran upstairs and risked their lives so that others might live; when rescuers rushed into smoke and fire at the Pentagon; when the men and women of Flight 93 sacrificed themselves to save our nation’s Capitol; when flags were hanging from front porches all across America, and strangers became friends. It was the worst day we have ever seen, but it brought out the best in all of us.” – Sen. John Kerry
“For me and my family personally, September 11 was a reminder that life is fleeting, impermanent, and uncertain. Therefore, we must make use of every moment and nurture it with affection, tenderness, beauty, creativity, and laughter.” — Deepak Chopra, M.D.
“From the air it looked like… a giant scar. But when I actually got to the site, it was like walking into hell.” — President George W. Bush, on arriving at Ground Zero.
“Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shatter steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.” — President George W. Bush
“9/11 was a reminder that the bonds of family can be severed in an instant. They are essential, crucial, valuable, fragile.” — Peter Jennings, late news anchor of ABC’s World News Tonight