Amazing 9/11 Light Photos from John De Guzman

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Recently a 9/11 photo featuring the 2 lights that shine in the sky on ground zero on every 9/11 anniversary went viral on twitter. However, the credits to the picture where incorrectly given. The actual photographer John De Guzman noticed this and announced on Twitter that these were his pictures. You will see this amazing picture, which was actually taken in 2010 below (first two images). The rest of the images are from this year. If you would like to view more of John Deguzman’s photos, got to his  Flickr page and you can also purchase his photos from SmugMug.


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Pictures from 9/11 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony at Ground Zero [Part 2]

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Here is the second part of pictures from 9/11 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony at Ground Zero that took place in New York City on September 11, 2011. See the first part here. In attendance were President Obama and his wife and ex-president George Bush and his wife. The new memorial, which features a waterfall in a huge square shaped hole, features the names of all those killed at September 11, 2001 around wall.


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New York City firefighters and police officers hold a damaged flag from the World Trade Center site during ceremonies marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center, in New York September 11, 2011.

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Pictures from 9/11 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony at Ground Zero [Part 1]

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Below you will see some memorable pictures from 9/11 10th Anniversary Memorial Ceremony at Ground Zero in New York City. The memorial structure with water fall was also unveiled for the first time. The monument was open only to friends of family of those killed in 9/11 on the first day. In attendance were President Obama and his wife and ex-president George Bush and his wife. Both gave a speech.


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See part 2 of the pictures here.

On 9/11, F-16 pilot wanted to ram hijacked Flight 93

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On 9/11/2001, when it was discovered that Flight 93 may have been hijacked and would probably hit another major target, an F-16 was ordered to track it down and shoot down if necessary. However, due the urgency of the matter, the planes were departed without loading any missiles into them.  The two pilots were confronted about the situation and had agreed that if necessary they would ram their planes into the Flight 93 plane to avoid another disaster.


With only 105 lead-nosed bullets on board, Penney and Colonel Marc Sasseville took to the skies, while two other F-16s waited to be armed with heat-seeking AIM-9 missiles, Penney told C-SPAN television this week.

Heather Penney, then a lieutenant in the Washington DC National Guard, was one of two pilots ordered to take off with the plane.  “We wouldn’t be shooting it down. We would be ramming the aircraft because we didn’t have weapons on board to be able to shoot the airplane down,” Penney said.

She said she thought about possibly ejecting just before impact.

“I would essentially be a kamikaze and ram my aircraft into the tail of the aircraft. I gave some thought to, you know, would I have time to eject?”

But the young pilot was concerned about failing to hit the target.

“I mean you only got one chance, you don’t want to eject and have missed, right? “

Flight 93, which was headed from Newark, NJ to San Francisco had already been redirect for Washington, but it never made to its target as the people in the plane discovered what the plan of the hijackers might be and fought the hijackers which resulted in the crash of the plane.

“The people on Flight 93 were heroes, but they were going to die no matter what,” she said. “My concern was how do I minimize collateral damage on the ground.”

 

 

Most Powerful 9/11 Photos (Part 1)

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Life recently published some of the most powerful photos of 9/11. It has been 10 years since this tragic event and more photos have surfaced ever since. Due to New York being the center of this tragedy and huge population, some great photographers happened to be there and took these pictures.

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A photo taken on September 11, 2001 by the New York City Police Department as the North Tower collapses, engulfing lower Manhattan in smoke and ash.


 

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The South Tower of the World Trade Center explodes in flames after being hit by the hijacked airliner now universally known as “the second plane,” United Airlines Flight 175, September 11, 2001. This photo — with its black smoke; the shocking, brilliant, colossal flames; the cloudless sky; the beautiful Brooklyn Bridge flying the American flag — captures so much of the story of the day that, if one were to create a composite picture to illustrate the idea of “9/11,” the result might look very much like this astonishing shot.

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Rescue workers carry mortally injured New York City Fire Department chaplain Mychal Judge from the wreckage after he was killed by falling debris while administering last rites to another victim.

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a man falls (or leaps, as was evidently the case with many victims) to his death from the World Trade Center. On the morning of September 11 photographer Richard Drew, in the midst of another assignment, got the call to drop everything and head to the World Trade Center. As soon as he arrived downtown he began shooting; later in the day, as as he processed what he had shot, he was especially struck by this photo — and with reason. One of the most recognizable pictures made on 9/11.


 

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Picture of a crowd in Lower Manhattan watching the twin towers burn captures, in one instant, the profound disbelief that held sway in the city and around the world.

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On 9/11, witnesses watch flames spew from one of the several buildings — in addition to the Twin Towers — damaged or destroyed in lower Manhattan.

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Stunned, frightened Marcy Borders, 28, is covered in dust as she takes refuge in an office building after one of the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11/2001.

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Hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 (L) flies toward the World Trade Center twin towers shortly before slamming into the south tower (L) as the north tower burns following an earlier attack by a hijacked airliner in New York City September 11, 2001.

See Part 2 of 9/11 Photos Here.

Most Powerful 9/11 Photos (Part 2)

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Here are the second part of most powerful photos of 9/11 as published in “Life.” To view part one, click here.

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Lilliputian figures — firefighters stark against the grayish white dust that blanketed so much of lower Manhattan — walk a path cleared of rubble near the base of the destroyed south tower in the days after the attacks on 9/11.


 

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An unidentified New York City fireman walks away from Ground Zero after the collapse of the towers on 9/11.

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President George W. Bush was informed by his chief of staff Andrew Card of the attacks on the World Trade Center during a school reading event in Sarasota, Florida. At the time the president got slack for acting so calmly and not reacting right away and instead continuing to read for few more minutes. Later he explained that he didn’t want the students to freak out.


 

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Satellite image of lower Manhattan taken on September 12, 2001, shows smoke and ash rising from the site of the World Trade Center.

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Hijacked United Airlines Flight 175 from Boston crashes into the south tower of the World Trade Center (Twin Towers) and explodes at 9:03 a.m. on September 11, 2001 in New York City.

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After 9/11, a man standing amid the seemingly endless World Trade Center rubble, calling out for survivors.

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A man named “Edward Fine” walks away from ruble of 9/11. He was an owner of an investment and public relations firm; he was on the 78th floor of 1 World Trade Center when it was hit.


 

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On ground zero, a New York City fireman calls for ten more rescue workers to make their way into the rubble after 9/11 attacks.

See part 3 of the 9/11 most powerful photos here.

Most Powerful 9/11 Photos (Part 3)

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Here are the Part 3 and last part of the Most Powerful 9/11 photos as published by Life. You can see part 1 and part 2 as well.

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This image is probably one of the most famous 9/11 photos. It was made by Bergen Record photographer Thomas E. Franklin on the day of the attacks, eerily calls to mind one of American history’s most iconic pictures: Joe Rosenthal’s 1945 photograph of five Marines and a Navy corpsman raising the Stars and Stripes at Iwo Jima.


 

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Jennifer S. Altman, a freelance photographer, took this picture of the towers ablaze, and far, far below them, one woman wearing an expression of pure horror. Five years later, Altman was invited to the home of the woman in red, Rose Parascandola, who had been working at an online-trading company on the 51st floor of WTC 1 on September 11. “She said that I really captured how she felt. She had seen it in the paper, and that it meant a lot to her.” For Altman, it was a meaningful photo, as well. “It was a turning point in my career. All my skills came together at once in a professional way. But it also made me very aware of my life; I don’t take things for granted.”

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Looking West Over St. Paul’s, Lower Manhattan.

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Men running from scene after collapse of one twin tower on 9/11/2001.


 

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A man covered in dust walks in the street near the site of the World Trade Center towers in New York City, in this photo taken early September 11, 2001.

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The north tower of New York’s World Trade Center collapsing after being struck by hijacked American Airlines Flt. 11, Sept. 11, 2001.

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A rescue helicopter surveys damage to the Pentagon as firefighters battle flames after an airplane crashed into the U.S. military Headquarters outside of Washington in an apparent terrorist attack, September 11, 2001.


 

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A firefighter runs from scene of 9/11 after one tower collapses.

9/11 Conspiracy Theories

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It’s been 10 years since 9/11, but the conspiracy theories have not gone away and some have evolved. Here we look at some of the biggest conspiracy theories.

1) Collapse of the Twin Towers

The question:Why did the Twin Towers collapse so quickly, within their own footprint, after fires on a few floors that lasted only for an hour or two?

Conspiracy theorists say: The Twin Towers were destroyed by controlled demolitions. Theories relate to the rapid collapse (about 10 seconds), the relatively short-lived fires (56 minutes in World Trade Center 2 or 102 minutes in World Trade Center 1), reports of the sounds of explosions shortly before the collapse, and the violent ejections that could be seen at some windows many floors below the collapse.

Official reports say: An extensive inquiry by the National Institute of Standards and Technology concluded that the planes severed and damaged support columns and dislodged fire-proofing.

Around 10,000 gallons of jet fuel were spewed over many floors starting widespread fires. Temperatures of up to 1,000C caused the floors to sag and the perimeter columns to bend, causing the sounds of “explosions”.

The massive weight of the floors dropped, creating a dynamic load far in excess of what the columns were designed for. Debris was forced out of the windows as the floors above collapsed.

Controlled demolition is always carried out from the bottom floors up, yet this collapse started at the top.

No evidence has ever been found of explosive charges despite the extensive hand searches and there is no evidence of any pre-cutting of columns or walls, which is routinely carried out in a controlled demolition.

2) The fourth plane – United Airlines flight 93

The question: Why was the crash site at Shanksville, Pennsylvania so small and why was the aircraft debris not visible?

Conspiracy theorists argue: United Airlines flight 93 was shot down by a missile and disintegrated in mid air, scattering the wreckage over a large area.

Official reports say:
There are clear photographs showing aircraft wreckage and the cockpit voice recorder, which showed there had been a passenger revolt and the hijackers had deliberately crashed the plane.

Initial theories that heavy debris was scattered many miles from the main crash site turned out to be false. In fact the wind had blown light debris such as paper and insulation just over a mile.

Another theory was based on a misquote from the local coroner, Wally Miller, who said he stopped being a coroner after about 20 minutes because there were no bodies. What he also said was that he quickly realised it was a plane crash and there would have to be a large funeral service for the many victims.

In addition, the military never gave orders to the air force to shoot the commercial airliner down.


3)Attack on the Pentagon

The question: How could an amateur pilot fly a commercial airplane in a complicated manoeuvre and crash it into the headquarters of the world’s most powerful military, 78 minutes after the first report of a possible hijack and leave no trace?

Conspiracy theorists say: A commercial Boeing 757 did not hit the building but instead a missile, a small aircraft or an unmanned drone was used. But since evidence has increasingly shown that the American Airlines Flight 77 did hit the building, the emphasis has shifted to questioning the difficult approach manoeuvre. It is argued it was not under the control of al-Qaeda but the Pentagon itself.

Official reports say: Airplane wreckage, including the black boxes, were recovered from the scene and they were catalogued by the FBI.

Although some early video did not show much wreckage, there is a good deal of video and still photography which shows airplane wreckage and evidence of the flight path, such as broken lamp posts.

The remains of crew and passengers on the plane were found and positively identified by DNA. Witnesses also saw the airplane strike the Pentagon.

4) Collapse of World Trade Center Building 7

The question: How could a skyscraper, which was not hit by a plane, collapse so quickly and symmetrically, when no other steel framed skyscraper has collapsed because of fire?

Conspiracy theorists say: The World Trade Center Building 7 was destroyed by a controlled demolition using both explosives and incendiaries.

Initially the focus was on the phrase “pull it” used by the owner, Larry Silverstein, in a TV interview. But in fact he was talking about pulling firefighters back. (Demolition experts do not use the term “pull it” as slang for setting off explosives.)

Now the focus has shifted to the speed of the collapse which reached near free fall for 2.25 seconds. It is argued only explosives could make it collapse so quickly and symmetrically.

5)  Failure to intercept the hijacked planes

The question:Why did the world’s most powerful air force fail to intercept any of the four hijacked planes?

Conspiracy theorists say: The then US Vice President Dick Cheney ordered the military to stand down and not to intercept the planes.

Official reports say: This was a highly unusual multiple hijacking with violence on board, and where the transponder, which provides the exact location of the plane, was turned off or changed.

What is more, a routine military training exercise happened to be taking place that day at US air defence command.

Air traffic controller Colin Scoggins was in constant contact with the military and did not see any lack of response. There was confusion and a lack of communication between the civilian air traffic control (FAA) and the military.

The military’s equipment was also outdated and designed to look out over the ocean to deal with a Cold War threat.

List of Major Events and Memorial Services on 9/11/11

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Here are a few of the major events and memorial services that will take place on 9/11, 2011 around the country.

Washington, D.C.: Those who died in the attack at the Pentagon will be honored at a ceremony of 700 people, including family members of the deceased and members of the military. It will take place at the Pentagon Memorial, which opened in 2008.

New York City: The 9/11 Memorial will officially open on Sept. 11 with a ceremony for victims’ families at Ground Zero. The Memorial will then open to the public on the next day for visitors who reserved passes in advance. On Sept. 10, Community Board 1 will hold Hands Across Lower Manhattan, an event on the West Side Waterfront.



More 9/11 events in New York City click here.

Shanksville, Pa.: A commemorative service to honor those who died on Flight 93 will take place at 9:30 a.m. ET on Sept. 11 at the Memorial Plaza. Musical tributes, wreath layings, and additional activities will continue throughout the afternoon.

Boston: The 9/11 Berklee Memorial Concert will be held on Sunday, Sept. 11, at 7:30 p.m. at the Berklee Performance Center. This musical tribute marks the 10th anniversary by showcasing original songs and instrumental by Berklee students and alumni as well as performances by the a cappella group Pitch Slapped and The Slam Poetry Team. Tickets are $8 in advance and $12 at the door. This event is open to the public; however, parking is not available. For more information click here.

Los Angeles: Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden, 445 North Rexford Drive in Beverly Hills on the North/West corner of Rexford and South Santa Monica Blvd. The memorial, on the fire department grounds, will be dedicated at 4 p.m. with a ceremony in front of the Beverly Hills Fire Department.

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Detroit, Michigan:  The University of Michigan, along with Access, WDET and other organizations, will team together to bring events leading up to 9/11. The name of the program is “U.S. Rising: Emerging Voices in Post- 9/11 America.” On Friday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m., on the UM Campus in Dearborn there will be a discussion on how 9/11 shaped young activist lives, moderated by WDET’s Craig Fahle.

On Sunday, Sept., 11 at 5 p.m., there will be an AOK (Act of Kindness) Day at Detroit’s Focus Hope. This event will be geared toward helping to brighten the lives of others. There will be different projects which include park beautification, food packaging, vacant lot cleanup and other events to bring peace and unity.

Houston, Texas: Houston Remembers, 9/11: An Evening of Remembrance and Unity will take place at Discovery Green (1500 McKinney St.) starting at 7 p.m. Sept. 11. The event will begin with a procession of the Houston Police Department Honor Guard. A group of dozen prominent faith leaders will share their sentiments of the occasion. A 30-minute performance by the Houston Grand Opera of “Pieces of 9/11” will follow. Then a film entitled “Rebirth” following the experiences of five people and how their lives have changed in the ten years since 9/11 will be screened. The film will also track the cleanup and rebuilding of Ground Zero, where the World Trade Center once stood. Then the lights will dim, a rifle volley by the Texas A&M Corps of Cadets Ross Volunteers will be fired, taps will be played, and a candlelight vigil will take place to remember the honored dead.

Dallas, Texas: Dallas 9/11 Memorial Stair Climbwill be at Renaissance Tower (1201 Elm St.). This will be the first memorial stair climb in Dallas. Firefighters from across the Metroplex will suit up and climb 110 stories in remembrance of the 343 fallen firefighters who were killed in the events of 9/11. This event is not open to the public; however, each participating firefighter is allowed a small number of guests.

 

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will be at St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church (8011 Douglas Ave.). This concert event is open to the public and will feature the music of Aaron Copeland, Samuel Barber, David Conte and Ralph Vaughn Williams. Tickets are free and can be picked up at several locations. See the event website for details. Voluntary donations to the American Red Cross will be accepted. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. and go until about 8:30 p.m.

List of Major Events and Memorial Services on 9/11/11 in Los Angeles

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Here are some of the official events and memorial services that will happen in Los Angeles for remembrance of 9/11.

* Pepperdine University. Beginning at 11 a.m. local leaders and dignitaries, including the widow of a Pepperdine alumnus killed on United 93, will read the names of all 2,997 killed in the attacks, including the first responders. The university law will display flags in memory of each of the victims as well. A 1 p.m. screening of the film “United 93,” will be held in the Elkins Auditorium and a 4 p.m. memorial service is planned.

* Pasadena Museum of History. The event will be from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. Families are free at the museum which will have a hands on flag-making exercise, including an opportunity to create a clay flag pole for displaying the creation. Informative and historical displays will celebrate the role of first responders. You can also take pictures on a vintage police car and hook and ladder truck.

* Beverly Hills 9/11 Memorial Garden, 445 North Rexford Drive in Beverly Hills on the North/West corner of Rexford and South Santa Monica Blvd.  At 4:00pm, the memorial, on the fire department grounds, will be dedicated with a ceremony in front of the Beverly Hills Fire Department.

* Nixon Presidential Library, Events to commemorate the tragedy begin Monday and conclude on Patriot Day with remarks at 10:30 a.m. from Orange County Sheriff Sandra Hutchens and New York Fire Department Lieutenant Joe Torillo, who survived the collapse of both towers. A damaged aerial fire truck which responded to the attack on the Twin Towers and 16 tons of debris from the World Trade Center will be on display. Location is 18001 Yorba Linda Blvd., Yorba Linda.