9/11 Twentieth Anniversary

Smoke rises from the site of the World Trade Center, September 11, 2001.

On the morning of September 11, 2001, nineteen terrorists hijacked four airplanes perpetrating a series of attacks that killed 2,977 people.

"Time is passing. Yet for the United States of America, there will be no forgetting September 11th. We will remember every rescuer who died in honor. We will remember every family that lives in grief. We will remember the fire and ash, the last phone calls, and the funerals of the children."

-- President George W. Bush 


Steel from the World Trade Center in memoriam at the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.

On September 11, 2001 (9/11), nineteen terrorists from the militant Islamist terrorists group al-Qaeda, hijacked four commercial airplanes in a coordinated attack on the United States of America. These terrorists used the aircraft to attack the World Trade Center buildings and the Pentagon. The fourth plane, Flight 93, crashed into a field in Pennsylvania after passengers on the aircraft stormed the cockpit. That Tuesday morning 2,977 people were killed.

September 11, 2021 marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. In the twenty years since one of the worst days in America's history, the United States has taken part in a Global War on Terror, created the Department of Homeland Security, and changed how information is shared amongst law enforcement entities and within the intelligence community.

The George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum holds materials relating to that day in September 2001 as well as the immediate aftermath.



Remains of the World Trade Center in New York City, September 14, 2001. 


The September 11 Terrorist Attacks Topic Page and Archival Research Guide

The September 11, 2001 Topic Page is an excellent starting point for learning about the historical records held by the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum. This page contains a list of digitized Freedom of Information Act requests about 9/11, other online resources, and an extensive archival research guide that describes the Library’s open holdings.


Additional 9/11 Photographs Released 

The George W. Bush Presidential Library released new photographs of 9/11 through the Freedom of Information Act. Learn more about these records on our “Additional 9/11 Photographs” page.


9/11 Photograph Gallery

This gallery contains 60 photographs of President George W. Bush from September 11, 2001 through October 30, 2001. The page also has a link to a downloadable contact sheet of photographs taken of George W. Bush on September 11, 2001.


"The World Reacts" Gallery

This gallery contains a sample of condolence materials from citizens of more than 75 countries.


Featured Artifact - Bullhorn 

On September 14, 2001, President George W. Bush visited the ruins of the World Trade Center in New York City. As the President spoke to first responders, he used this bullhorn to address the crowd. Learn more about the September 14th speech and the bullhorn on the featured artifact page.


The Remembering 9/11 Archive

From the archived White House website, this page includes White House Fact Sheets, Presidential addresses, remarks, and statements, and press releases. 

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A candlelight prayer vigil is held near the United Stated Capitol to honor the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, September 13, 2001.

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