9/11 pictures: An anniversary tribute

In honor of the 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, here are 12 iconic images to pay tribute and remember just a few heroes, survivors and grieving family members and friends, along with some of the memorials that have taken place through the years.

  • Water flows down into the 9/11 Memorial north pool as One World Trade Center (TOP C), now the tallest building in the United States, continues to be constructed on May 16, 2013 in New York City, on the site where the September 11, 2001 attacks toppled the original World Trade Center towers. Mario Tama/Getty Images

  • A rose stands at the 9/11 Memorial as One World Trade Center (TOP C), now the tallest building in the United States, continues to be constructed on May 16, 2013 in New York City. After more than 11 years of construction and planning, One World Trade Center reached its final height of 1,776 feet in May. Mario Tama/Getty Images

  • A New York Police Department officer looks on during a memorial service on Sept. 9, 2002 honoring police officers killed in the line of duty. Twenty-five names were added to the police memorial wall, including the 23 NYPD officers killed in the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. Mario Tama/Getty Images

  • People cover themselves with an American flag on the U.S. Capitol grounds during a candlelight vigil to remember victims who lost their lives in the 9/11/2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon in Washington D.C. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

  • The ‘Tribute in Light’ shines as One World Trade Center (R) rises under construction on the eleventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2012 in New York City. The 9/11/2001 attacks resulted in the deaths of nearly 3,000 people after two hijacked planes crashed into the World Trade Center, one into the Pentagon in Arlington, Va. and one crash-landed in Shanksville, Pa. Afton Almaraz/Getty Images

  • A wreath is placed at the September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site during a first responders wreath-laying ceremony at the Memorial on Sept. 20, 2011 in New York City. The ceremony, which marks the first of seven 'first responder days' for members of 9/11 first responder agencies and their families, honored the 441 first responders whose names are now inscribed on the September 11 Memorial. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

  • A young boy embraces a woman during a Sept. 11, 2007 ceremony commemorating the 9/11 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site in New York City. Justin Lane-Pool/Getty Images

  • Construction workers Danny Conca (left) and Brian Shelly hold an American flag attached to the last steel beam, signed by members of the crews that helped build the tower, as it is hoisted 977 feet to the top of Four World Trade Center on June 25, 2012 in New York City. The trapezoidal glass and steel office building is designed as an architectural backdrop to the September 11 Memorial in New York Ciy. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

  • Members of Clerkenwell Fire Station's Green Watch in London, England observe a minutes silence for their fellow firefighters who lost their lives in the 9/11 terrorist attacks in New York, September 11, 2011. Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

  • U.S. Army soldiers pray during a Catholic service for the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on September 11, 2011 at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. John Moore/Getty Images

  • A New York Fire Department (NYFD) firefighter with the image of a fellow firefighter, Brian McAleese, in his cap attends during tenth anniversary ceremonies of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks at the World Trade Center site in New York City. Lucas Jackson-Pool/Getty Images

  • Fans remembered the anniversary of 9/11 prior to the start of a game between the Minnesota Vikings and the San Diego Chargers at Qualcomm Stadium on September 11, 2011 in San Diego, Calif. Jeff Gross/Getty Images