On Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists took the lives of thousands. The Photojournalism staff at The Journal News mobilized within minutes of learning that the first commandeered jet had struck the World Trade Center. In the months that followed the photo staff spent countless hours with the firefighters, police officers, ironworkers and other rescuers who frantically searched for survivors at first, and then for remains when hope gave way to a grim determination to recover bodies.
They walked with victims’ loved ones as they scoured the streets, hospitals and shelter of lower Manhattan, snapshots in hand, determined to expend every effort to find their lost sons and daughters, mothers and fathers, spouses and friends.
They attended funerals, celebrating the lives of the victims and courage of their families while respecting their pain and privacy.
Their powerful collection of work stands as a testament not just to the victims, their families and rescuers, but to the indomitable spirit of the United States of America, and her ongoing commitment to liberty and freedom.