Today marks twelve years since the September 11 attacks, a crime against humanity. As we reflect on that day and all that has happened since, here are 12 images intended to inspire hope for a better future.
People at a candlelight vigil the night of September 12, 2001. New York City (Photo Credit: Lynn Johnson via Getty Images).
Chris Malone and his sister Samantha view sections of the 16,000 square foot United in Memory 9/11 Victims Memorial Quilt at George Washington University September 8, 2005 in Washington, D.C. (Photo Credit: Win McNamee via Getty Images).
A rose stands at the 9/11 Memorial, New York City, May 16, 2013 (Photo Credit: Mario Tama via Getty Images).
Man looking at pictures and personal items of September 11th victims at the Tribute WTC Visitor’s Center, New York City (Photo Credit: Steven Greaves via Getty Images).
People make etchings of firefighter’s names at a memorial dedicated to the 343 firefighters killed on 9/11. September 11, 2006 in New York City (Photo Credit: Mario Tama via Getty Images).
At the 10th Anniversary of 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C. on September 11, 2011 (Photo Credit: Linda Davidson, Washington Post via Getty Images).
Overlooking the site of Ground Zero, October, 2010 (Photo Credit: Bertrand Gardel via Getty Images).
A vigil marking 9/11 near the U.S. Capitol. September 10, 2003 (Photo Credit: Paul J. Richards, AFP via Getty Images).
The National 9/11 Memorial, ‘Reflecting Absence,’ at Ground Zero on November 1, 2011 in New York City (Photo Credit: Ben Hider via Getty Images).
Sherry Chamberlain, 57, of Jumonville, PA, stands in a field during the dedication ceremony for the Flight 93 National Memorial September 10, 2011 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania (Photo Credit: Jeff Swensen via Getty Images).
Drawings made by children decorate a New York City fire truck on Broadway near the scene of the World Trade Center wreckage, September 27, 2001, New York City (Photo Credit: Stand Honda, AFP via Getty Images).
A worker looks up at beams of the Tribute in Lights ahead of the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks on September 7, 2011 in New York City. The Tribute in Light is comprised of 88,7000 watt searchlights that beam into the sky near the site of the World Trade Center in remembrance of the September 11 attacks (Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images).