Five Years Later — We Will Not Forget

SEPTEMBER 11, 2001


The pictures of airplanes flying into buildings, fires burning, huge structures collapsing, have filled us with disbelief, terrible sadness, and a quiet, unyielding anger. These acts of mass murder were intended to frighten our nation into chaos and retreat. But they have failed; our country is strong. A great people has been moved to defend a great nation. Terrorist attacks can shake the foundations of our biggest buildings, but they cannot touch the foundation of America. These acts shattered steel, but they cannot dent the steel of American resolve.
President George W. Bush, September 11, 2001 Address to the Nation

This 9/11 memorial post is a compilation of commentary, news reports, eyewitness accounts and pictures not only from that day, but from the past five years as the nation has recovered from the most deadly attack on U.S. soil in the country’s history.


Over the past five years, millions of words have been written about the terrorist attacks of September 11. Below is a sampling from each of the past four anniversaries. I will be adding links to additional commentary from today’s anniversary throughout the day.


The Top Ten Editorials From September 11, 2001 – December 15, 2001 – chosen by John Hawkins, included are links to and excerpts from Michael Kelly, Victor Davis Hanson, Mark Steyn, Ann Coulter, Dave Barry and others. One of my favorite lines from the commentaries Hawkins chose came from Dave Barry.

The people who did this to us are monsters; the people who cheered them have hate-sickened minds. One reason they can cheer is that they know we would never do to them what their heroes did to us, even though we could, a thousand times worse. They know that when we hunt down the monsters, we will try hard not to harm the innocent. Those are the handcuffs we willingly wear, because for all our flaws, we are a decent people.” — Dave Barry.

Solidarity — Christopher Hitchens (2006)

9/11, For Our Children — Bruce Kesler (2006)*

Remember the world of 9/10 (2006)*

9/11 — Nuisance or Mortal Danger? (2006)*

IX.XI — Isaac Schrodinger (2005)

9/11 – Never Forget — Ian Schwartz (2005)

9/11 — Never Forget — Kersher Talk (2005)

We Remember — Power Line (2004)

Happy Anniversary — Bill Whittle (2003)

That Day — Cox and Forkum (September 11, 2003)

One Year Ago — Ed Driscoll (2002)

What If The September 11 Attack Was Thwarted — Tom Elia (2002)

Where Were You? — Song by Alan Jackson

Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue (The Angry American) — Song by Toby Keith

Have You Forgotten? — Song by Darryl Worley and Wynn Varble



The Smithsonian – September 11: Bearing Witness to History at the National Museum of American History

Where Were

Dean Barnett (2006)

Where Were You When The World Came Crashing Down? – Jayson Javitz (2004)

September 11, 2001 – Alexander McClure (2004)

Remembering 9/11 – Ed Morrisey (2004)

California Yankee (2004)

Glenn Reynolds 9/11/01 post


Remember (photo essay) – Patrick Ruffini

Lest We Forget (photo essay) – The Blue State Conservatives uses front pages of various newspapers to capture the day.


The 2996 Project

NYT Portraits of Grief

After 9/11 – Remembrance & Renewal

Michael Ledeen remembers Barbara Olson

Day by Day 9/11/06


The Flight That Fought Back

United 93

The Path To 9/11


September 11 Address to the Nation

September 20 Address to Joint Session of Congress and the Nation

November 10 Speech To The U.N.

Timeline and links to Bush speeches and pictures



Screenshot Archive of Online News Sites

NYT Accounts from different floors in WTC

FBI Press Release – The Hijackers


The 9/11 Commission Report

Take Back The Memorial

The Flight 93 Memorial

The Path To 9/11


Pictures of the events that unfolded on September 11, 2001 are burned into the memories of most every American. Some pictures, such as the one of the firemen raising the American flag at Ground Zero, became symbols of the day. Others, such as the ones that captured those jumping from the Twin Towers to their deaths, were not widely published, but the very thought that they existed made an impact. After images of the planes hitting the Twin Towers and the towers falling were shown over and over again on September 11 and the days immediately following it, they later became controversial when some in the media decided that the American public could not handle the sight of those images.



Time Magazine Photo Essays

Pentagon Pictures Before and After

The Twin Towers, Before and After


The Falling Man, Esquire

Bill Biggart’s Final Exposures

Remembering 9/11: The Pentagon

The Black Day

9/11 Research

Pentagon Memorial Lights

Vanity Fair – Rare Scenes From 9/11 *



Atlas Shrugs

Michelle Malkin

Pajamas Media

Gateway Pundit*

Outside the Beltway*

La Shawn Barber*


New York Times

Washington Post

USA Today

Fox News



*I will be updating throughout the day. Instead of posting “updates” I will be identifying newly added items with an asterisk.

Many of the links and pictures in this post were included last year in my September 11 post at Polipundit. That post can be found here.

If you came to find this post through a permalink, be sure to visit Wizbang throughout the day for full coverage of the anniversary including “real time” accounts of the events of 9/11/01.

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