A rare and sincere collection of images shows President George W. Bush in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks

At the time the first hijacked plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, then-President George W. Bush was participating in a reading demonstration with children at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida (above). His discussion with the young students ended quickly when he ran into an empty classroom to receive updates on the situation as it developed. A collection of images that are part of the Presidential Library and Museum of George W. Bush focuses on Bush's leadership during the tragic time in the history of the United States.

Today marks the 17th anniversary of the devastating September 11 terrorist attacks that left 2,996 people dead and more than 6,000 injured in the United States.

The horrible day began when the hijackers crashed American Airlines flight 11 on floors 93-99 of the North Tower of the World Trade Center at 8.46 a. M. Minutes later, at 9:03 a.m., United Airlines plane 175 crashed on floors 75-85 of the South Tower of the WTC.

All those aboard both aircraft died instantly along with those on the affected floors within the two towers.

Less than an hour after the two attacks on the Twin Towers, a third hijacked plane crashed into the Pentagon in Washington, DC A fourth hijacked plane was stopped by passengers and the plane landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. . The fateful day has since been known as the worst domestic attack that all the United States has experienced.

At the time of the first attack on the North Tower, then President George W. Bush was participating in a reading demonstration with children at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida. His discussion with the young students ended quickly when he ran into an empty classroom to receive updates on the situation as it developed.

Now, a collection of captivating and harrowing images that are part of the Presidential Library and Museum of George W. Bush focuses on Bush's leadership during the tragic time of US history.

At the time the first hijacked plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, then-President George W. Bush was participating in a reading demonstration with children at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida (above). His discussion with the young students ended quickly when he ran into an empty classroom to receive updates on the situation as it developed. A collection of images that are part of the Presidential Library and Museum of George W. Bush focuses on Bush's leadership during the tragic time in the history of the United States.

At the time the first hijacked plane hit the North Tower of the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001, then-President George W. Bush was participating in a reading demonstration with children at Emma E. Booker Elementary School in Sarasota, Florida (above). His discussion with the young students ended quickly when he ran into an empty classroom to receive updates on the situation as it developed. A collection of images that are part of the Presidential Library and Museum of George W. Bush focuses on Bush's leadership during the tragic time in the history of the United States.

After learning of the World Trade Center attacks, Bush was removed from the classroom with the students and in an empty room. You can see it in a picture on the phone collecting information, while its director of communications, Dan Bartlett, points to a news footage on a television that shows the burning of the North Tower (top)

After learning of the World Trade Center attacks, Bush was removed from the classroom with the students and in an empty room. You can see it in a picture on the phone collecting information, while its director of communications, Dan Bartlett, points to a news footage on a television that shows the burning of the North Tower (top)

After learning of the World Trade Center attacks, Bush was removed from the classroom with the students and in an empty room. You can see it in a picture on the phone collecting information, while its director of communications, Dan Bartlett, points to a news footage on a television that shows the burning of the North Tower (top)

Another shocking image captured moments later shows everyone in the empty classroom of Emma E. Booker Elementary School viewing images showing clouds of smoke filling the sky when the second flight arrives at the South Tower (top)

Another shocking image captured moments later shows everyone in the empty classroom of Emma E. Booker Elementary School viewing images showing clouds of smoke filling the sky when the second flight arrives at the South Tower (top)

Another shocking image captured moments later shows everyone in the empty classroom of Emma E. Booker Elementary School viewing images showing clouds of smoke filling the sky when the second flight arrives at the South Tower (top)

The heartbreaking photo above shows huge clouds of smoke rising from the World Trade Center after the North and South Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001.

The heartbreaking photo above shows huge clouds of smoke rising from the World Trade Center after the North and South Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001.

The heartbreaking photo above shows huge clouds of smoke rising from the World Trade Center after the North and South Towers collapsed on September 11, 2001.

The image above is a satellite image showing the column of smoke and dust in lower Manhattan captured by NASA's Landsat 7 in space after the horrific Sept. 11 attacks that left the Twin Towers crumbling into piles of debris.

The image above is a satellite image showing the column of smoke and dust in lower Manhattan captured by NASA's Landsat 7 in space after the horrific Sept. 11 attacks that left the Twin Towers crumbling into piles of debris.

The image above is a satellite image showing the column of smoke and dust in lower Manhattan captured by NASA's Landsat 7 in space after the horrific Sept. 11 attacks that left the Twin Towers crumbling into piles of debris.

Other images of that day show Bush aboard Air Force One during the flight from Sarasota, Florida to the Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana, seeing coverage of the attacks and receiving phone calls from Vice President Dick Cheney and others (top )

Other images of that day show Bush aboard Air Force One during the flight from Sarasota, Florida to the Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana, seeing coverage of the attacks and receiving phone calls from Vice President Dick Cheney and others (top )

Other images of that day show Bush aboard Air Force One during the flight from Sarasota, Florida to the Barksdale Air Force base in Louisiana, seeing coverage of the attacks and receiving phone calls from Vice President Dick Cheney and others (top )

The series of photos begins by showing President Bush in the classroom with the students the morning of the attacks. A photo shows anxious children with raised hands while Bush sits in the classroom with details of the Secret Service standing nearby.

After learning of the World Trade Center attacks, Bush was removed from the classroom with the students and in an empty room. You can see it in a picture on the phone collecting information, while its director of communications, Dan Bartlett, points to a news footage on a television that shows the burning of the North Tower.

Another captivating image captured moments later shows everyone in the room watching images that show clouds of smoke filling the sky when the second flight hits the South Tower.

More than an hour after the two attacks on the Twin Towers, Bush was photographed giving an impromptu press conference in elementary school while the children, the school staff and others stood solemnly behind him.

President Bush appears in the photo with a solemn expression on his face standing behind his desk on Air Force One as he watched television coverage of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

President Bush appears in the photo with a solemn expression on his face standing behind his desk on Air Force One as he watched television coverage of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

President Bush appears in the photo with a solemn expression on his face standing behind his desk on Air Force One as he watched television coverage of the terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center on September 11, 2001.

An F-16 fighter plane is depicted on top of the Air Force One escort from the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to Andrews Air Force Base on September 11, 2001.

An F-16 fighter plane is depicted on top of the Air Force One escort from the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to Andrews Air Force Base on September 11, 2001.

An F-16 fighter plane is depicted on top of the Air Force One escort from the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska to Andrews Air Force Base on September 11, 2001.

After departing from the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, President Bush appears in the photo on the phone with then-Vice President Dick Cheney of Air Force One on September 11, 2001, during the flight to Andrews Base at the Air Force.

After departing from the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, President Bush appears in the photo on the phone with then-Vice President Dick Cheney of Air Force One on September 11, 2001, during the flight to Andrews Base at the Air Force.

In the photo above, firefighters display a large American flag on the scarred stone of the Pentagon on September 12, 2001, in Arlington, Virginia.

In the photo above, firefighters display a large American flag on the scarred stone of the Pentagon on September 12, 2001, in Arlington, Virginia.

After leaving the Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska, President Bush appears in the photo above on the left by telephone with then Vice President Dick Cheney of Air Force One on September 11, 2001, during the flight to Base Andrews of the Air Force. In the photo on the right, firefighters display a large American flag on the scarred stone of the Pentagon on September 12, 2001, in Arlington, Virginia.

President Bush appears in the photo touring the site of the World Trade Center disaster aboard Marine One on September 14, 2001, with New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on the left and New York Governor George Pataki The city skyline can be seen from the window next to Bush

President Bush appears in the photo touring the site of the World Trade Center disaster aboard Marine One on September 14, 2001, with New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on the left and New York Governor George Pataki The city skyline can be seen from the window next to Bush

President Bush appears in the photo touring the site of the World Trade Center disaster aboard Marine One on September 14, 2001, with New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani on the left and New York Governor George Pataki The city skyline can be seen from the window next to Bush

Other images of that day show Bush aboard Air Force One during the flight from Sarasota, Florida to the Barksdale air force base in Louisiana, seeing coverage of the attacks and receiving phone calls from Vice President Dick Cheney and others.

Once he arrived in Louisiana, Bush gave another press conference in which he said: "Make no mistake, the United States will persecute and punish those responsible for these cowardly acts."

Dozens of other images in the collection capture moments that show Bush with members of his staff and assistants in the days after the attacks while holding numerous meetings in the White House.

Bush declared September 14 as the National Day of Prayer and Remembrance and images of that day that are also included in the collection show Bush holding the hand of his father, former President George HW Bush, while his wife, Barbara Bush, He sits down beside her.

President Bush appears in the photo above emotionally embracing a firefighter as part of the rescue efforts on the World Trade Center site on September 14, 2001, while visiting New York City while touring the site.

President Bush appears in the photo above emotionally embracing a firefighter as part of the rescue efforts on the World Trade Center site on September 14, 2001, while visiting New York City while touring the site.

President Bush appears in the photo above emotionally embracing a firefighter as part of the rescue efforts on the World Trade Center site on September 14, 2001, while visiting New York City while touring the site.

 Standing on a fire truck with retired firefighter Bob Beckwith, President Bush appears in the photo above firefighters and rescue workers on September 14, 2001. During an impromptu speech on the site of the World Towers Trade Center York City, said: & # 39; I can hear you. The rest of the world listens to you. And the people who knocked down these buildings will hear us all soon & # 39;

 Standing on a fire truck with retired firefighter Bob Beckwith, President Bush appears in the photo above firefighters and rescue workers on September 14, 2001. During an impromptu speech on the site of the World Towers Trade Center York City, said: & # 39; I can hear you. The rest of the world listens to you. And the people who knocked down these buildings will hear us all soon & # 39;

About two firefighters observe while Bush spoke

About two firefighters observe while Bush spoke

On September 14, 2001, on top of a fire truck ruined with retired firefighter Bob Beckwith, President Bush appears in the upper left of the firefighters and lifeguards. During an impromptu speech on the site of the towers of the World Trade Center York City, he said: "I can hear you. The rest of the world listens to you. And the people who broke down these buildings will hear us all soon. "Above right, two firefighters watch as Bush spoke

On the ashes of the attack on the World Trade Center with the retired firefighter of the city of New York, Bob Beckwith, President Bush appears in the photo holding an American flag on September 14, 2001, after addressing recovery workers in the city of New York

On the ashes of the attack on the World Trade Center with the retired firefighter of the city of New York, Bob Beckwith, President Bush appears in the photo holding an American flag on September 14, 2001, after addressing recovery workers in the city of New York

On the ashes of the attack on the World Trade Center with the retired firefighter of the city of New York, Bob Beckwith, President Bush appears in the photo holding an American flag on September 14, 2001, after addressing recovery workers in the city of New York

Several other fascinating images included in the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum show that Bush emotionally embraces the relatives of those who lost their loved ones in the horrific attacks that forever changed the United States (above)

Several other fascinating images included in the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum show that Bush emotionally embraces the relatives of those who lost their loved ones in the horrific attacks that forever changed the United States (above)

Several other fascinating images included in the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum show that Bush emotionally embraces the relatives of those who lost their loved ones in the horrific attacks that forever changed the United States (above)

On September 14, 2001, President Bush appeared in New York City with Arlene Howard, who handed him the police plaque he found on the body of his son, the Port Authority Police Officer George Howard, who died during the rescue efforts during the terrorist attack.

On September 14, 2001, President Bush appeared in New York City with Arlene Howard, who handed him the police plaque he found on the body of his son, the Port Authority Police Officer George Howard, who died during the rescue efforts during the terrorist attack.

On September 14, 2001, President Bush appeared in New York City with Arlene Howard, who handed him the police plaque he found on the body of his son, the Port Authority Police Officer George Howard, who died during the rescue efforts during the terrorist attack.

The rescue site of the World Trade Center in New York City is seen on the night of Friday September 14, 2001, of Marine One after President Bush left the city

The rescue site of the World Trade Center in New York City is seen on the night of Friday September 14, 2001, of Marine One after President Bush left the city

The rescue site of the World Trade Center in New York City is seen on the night of Friday September 14, 2001, of Marine One after President Bush left the city

That same day, Bush studied the damage to the Pentagon from the presidential helicopter, Marine One, before traveling to New York City, where he met with dozens of firefighters and first responders on the World Trade Center site.

Several exciting images show Bush emotionally embracing the relatives of those who lost their loved ones in the horrific attacks that forever changed the United States.

President Bush also toured the Islamic Center in Washington DC and met with members of the community on September 17, 2001. He also held a moment of silence with then vice president Dick Cheney at the White House South Lawn with other staff members. September 18. 2001

Looking at the 17th anniversary, President Donald Trump is expected to observe a moment of silence around the time the first plane hit the North Tower.

President Bush appears in the photo talking to community leaders after touring the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C. on September 17, 2001.

President Bush appears in the photo talking to community leaders after touring the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C. on September 17, 2001.

President Bush appears in the photo talking to community leaders after touring the Islamic Center in Washington, D.C. on September 17, 2001.

President Bush and Cheney are joined by dozens of White House staff members on Tuesday, September 18, 2001, as they observe a moment of silence at the White House South Lawn

President Bush and Cheney are joined by dozens of White House staff members on Tuesday, September 18, 2001, as they observe a moment of silence at the White House South Lawn

President Bush and Cheney are joined by dozens of White House staff members on Tuesday, September 18, 2001, as they observe a moment of silence at the White House South Lawn

Staff members gathered in the south garden of the White House to wave American flags on Friday, September 21, 2001, as President Bush and Mrs. Laura W. Bush depart for Camp David aboard Marine One (top)

Staff members gathered in the south garden of the White House to wave American flags on Friday, September 21, 2001, as President Bush and Mrs. Laura W. Bush depart for Camp David aboard Marine One (top)

Staff members gathered in the south garden of the White House to wave American flags on Friday, September 21, 2001, as President Bush and Mrs. Laura W. Bush depart for Camp David aboard Marine One (top)

The Tribute in Light is seen in the image that rises over the lower Manhattan skyline on September 9, 2018, when you can see the Statue of Liberty and the new Freedom Tower in the vicinity. The two blue pillars of light provide a visual reminder of how the Twin Towers, destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, once stood on the city's skyline

The Tribute in Light is seen in the image that rises over the lower Manhattan skyline on September 9, 2018, when you can see the Statue of Liberty and the new Freedom Tower in the vicinity. The two blue pillars of light provide a visual reminder of how the Twin Towers, destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, once stood on the city's skyline

The Tribute in Light is seen in the image that rises over the lower Manhattan skyline on September 9, 2018, when you can see the Statue of Liberty and the new Freedom Tower in the vicinity. The two blue pillars of light provide a visual reminder of how the Twin Towers, destroyed in the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, once stood on the city's skyline

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