On the 17th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, these are the pictures that are forever seared into our memories and hearts. Warning: Some images may be disturbing.
Gabriel H. Sanchez
Posted on September 11, 2017, at 2:10 p.m. ET
An ambulance rushes toward the World Trade Center area after reports that the twin towers had been struck by a commercial airliner in a suspected terrorist attack on Sept. 11, 2001.
Spectators look up at the damaged World Trade Center after two airplanes slammed into the twin towers.
Chief of Staff Andy Card whispers into the ear of President George W. Bush during a visit to the Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida, to inform him of the plane crashes.
A fiery blasts rocks the World Trade Center after it was hit with a second commercial airliner.
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A man falls to his death from the World Trade Center after two planes hit the twin towers.
New York Daily News staff photographer David Handschuh is carried from danger after his leg was shattered by falling debris while he was photographing the scene.
A survivor kneels in horror and disbelief outside the World Trade Center.
An American flag flies in the foreground as one of the World Trade Center towers burns in the background.
People walk over the Brooklyn Bridge as the World Trade Center towers burn in the distance.
Crowds swarm over the Manhattan Bridge to leave Manhattan on the morning of the Sept. 11 attack.
A man in Seoul watches a multiscreen broadcast of the attack on the World Trade Center.
The south tower of the World Trade Center collapses in New York City.
A firefighter runs into the street as the World Trade Center crumbles behind him.
Civilians take cover as a dust cloud from the collapse of the World Trade Center envelops lower Manhattan.
New York Daily News staff photographer David Handschuh takes refuge in a storefront after being injured by falling debris.
A group of firefighters carry one of their colleagues, Al Fuentes, who was injured in the collapse of the World Trade Center.
A vehicle sits on its side amid rubble at the World Trade Center.
A firefighter covered with ash is helped toward shelter after the World Trade Center collapse.
Firefighters search for survivors following the collapse of the twin towers.
Capt. Michael Dugan hangs an American flag from a light pole in front of what is left of the World Trade Center.
A firefighter breaks down during a brief moment of rest.
President George W. Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney, and National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice meet in the Emergency Operations Center after the attacks.
Smoke billows from the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, after a commercial plane crashed into the building and set off a huge explosion.
A US flag is set outside the Pentagon after a highjacked commercial jetliner crashed into it.
An unidentified Pennsylvania state trooper stands guard at the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The mound of dirt in the center of the field is the crater made by the plane's impact.
Seattle residents wait to donate blood at the Puget Sound Blood Center on Sept. 11, 2001, in the wake of the terrorist attacks.
A man looks at photos posted of people missing in the World Trade Center disaster on Sept. 14, 2001, in New York City.
American Muslim women are filmed as they pray for the victims of the terrorist attacks at the Islamic Center of Southern California in Los Angeles.
A vigil is held in Berlin a few hours after the terrorist attacks in the US.
People cover themselves with a US flag on the US Capitol grounds during a candlelight vigil on Sept. 12, 2001.
Gabriel H. Sanchez is the photo essay editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York City.
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