After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks a plethora of heart-wrenching images surfaced to stir the world.
Newly released photos from the US National Archives show the moment President George W. Bush learned his nation was under attack.
President George W. Bush participates in a reading demonstration the morning of Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida.
Dan Bartlett, Deputy Assistant to the President, points to news footage of the attacks while President Bush listens to new security information.
President Bush watches television coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center during a briefing in the classroom.
President Bush takes notes as he listens to news coverage of the World Trade Center terrorist attacks.
President Bush calls New York Governor George Pataki, FBI Director Robert Mueller, and Vice President Dick Cheney. White House Chief of Staff Andy Card talks on a cell phone.
President Bush delivers remarks to the nation regarding the terrorist attacks on US soil, from the elementary school.
President Bush watches television coverage of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, from his office aboard Air Force One.
President Bush confers with staff via telephone from his office aboard Air Force One, during the flight from Sarasota to Barksdale Air Force Base.
President Bush and his staff look out the windows of Air Force One at their F-16 escort, while en route to Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana.
President Bush confers with, from left, Karl Rove, Andy Card, Dan Bartlett and Ari Fleischer, prior to delivering remarks on the World Trade Center disaster from the General Dougherty Conference Center at Barksdale Air Force Base.
President Bush delivers remarks on the terrorist attacks, before departing for Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska.
President Bush, Admiral Richard Mies, left, and White House Chief of Staff Andy Card conduct a video teleconference at Offutt Air Force Base.
President Bush speaks with Ari Fleischer, left, and Karl Rove aboard Air Force One, during the flight to Andrews Air Force Base.
After departing Offutt Air Force Base for Washington, D.C., President Bush talks on the phone with Vice President Dick Cheney from Air Force One.
National Security Advisor Condoleezza Rice waits at the South Portico for President George W. Bush to arrive at the White House.
Counselor Karen Hughes and Counsel Alberto Gonzales follow President Bush into the Oval Office after his return to the White House.
Working with his senior staff, President Bush reviews the speech that he will deliver to the nation the evening.
President Bush talks with Vice President Dick Cheney in the President's Emergency Operations Center.
Mrs. Laura Bush listens as her husband discusses the terrorist attacks with White House staff in the President's Emergency Operations Center.
President Bush and Mrs. Laura Bush talk with Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice, in the President's Emergency Operations Center.
After returning to the White House, President Bush meets with from left: Vice President Dick Cheney; Chief of Staff Andy Card; Condoleezza Rice, National Security Adviser; and Special Agent Carl Truscott of the US Secret Service in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center.
After addressing the nation, President Bush meets with his National Security Council in the Presidential Emergency Operations Center.
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