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I say ‘vs’, but the reality of this meeting between the 20th and 21st century masters of X-COM is that they repeatedly seem on the verge of embracing each other, rather than trading blows in a bitter row about time units and action cameras. Rev3Games arranged for original X-COM co-creator Julian Gollop to meet Jake Solomon, the lead dev on Firaxis’ XCOM remake, the result being this rather delightful recording of their seventeen-minute exchange.
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If I had a dream life as a photographer, it would be a mix of working like Ansel Adams, Michael Kenna and Hirochi Sugimoto, contemplating nature and shooting landscapes in black and white. However, I...

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In this post, featuring images from the last quarter of 2011, we remember a tumultuous year of change across the globe, the capture of Khadafi, the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center, the passing of Apple icon Steve Jobs, fire, famine, flood and protests. A memorable year, indeed. -- Paula Nelson -- Please see part 1 and part 2 from earlier. (EDITOR'S NOTE: We will not post a Big Picture on Monday, December 26, due to the Christmas Holiday ) (51 photos total)
A defaced portrait of fugitive Libyan leader Moamer Kadhafi in Tripoli on Sept. 1, 2011 as the fallen strongman vowed again not to surrender in a message broadcast on the 42nd anniversary of the coup which brought him to power. (Patrick Baz/AFP/Getty Images)

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(AP) – Determined never to forget but perhaps ready to move on, the nation gently handed Sept. 11 over to history Sunday and etched its memory on a new generation. A stark memorial took its place where twin towers once stood, and the names of the lost resounded from children too young to remember terror from a decade ago.

In New York, Washington and Pennsylvania, across the United States and the world, people carried out rituals now as familiar as they are heartbreaking: American flags unfurled at the new World Trade Center tower and the Eiffel Tower, and tears shed at the base of the Pentagon and a base in Iraq.

It was the 10th time the nation has paused to remember a defining day. In doing so, it closed a decade that produced two wars, deep changes in national security, shifts in everyday life – and, months before it ended, the death at American hands of the elusive terrorist who masterminded the attack.

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Dawn breaks over ground zero in lower Manhattan on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. The two memorial fountains, among the largest artificial waterfalls in the world, sit where the twin towers stood. (James Estrin/The New York Times) #

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A woman at the National September 11 Memorial, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, mourns the loss of her son who died during attacks at the World Trade Center, Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Carolyn Cole, Pool) #

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People gather during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, outside the World Trade Center site in New York. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) #

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People pay their respects during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, outside the World Trade Center site in New York. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) #

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Hikers unfurl a large flag on the top of Peak One of the Ten Mile Range outside of Frisco, Colo., Sept. 11, 2011. The Sunday following the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, several dozen friends climbed the peak to raise an American flag, and on Sunday, many of the same group made a return trek. (Matthew Staver/The New York Times) #

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Some of those attending the 10th anniversary commemoration of the attacks on the World Trade center sought out the engravings of loved ones' names on the walls surrounding the reflecting pool, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in New York. Here, Corey Gaugioso traces the name of his sister, Candace Lee Williams, who was on Flight 11, which crashed into the same tower where she worked for Merrill Lynch. (AP Photo/David Handschuh, #

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Las Vegas firefighter Capt. Eric Littmann walks in a parade commemorating the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Julie Jacobson) #

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Construction cranes sit atop One World Trade Center as dawn breaks over the New York skyline on Sunday morning, Sept. 11, 2011, the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks. (Librado Romero/The New York Times) #

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Beverly Hills Police officers gather just after dawn to remember the moment the first plane struck the World Trade Center on the 10th anniversary of 9/11 in Beverly Hills, Calif., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Jason Redmond) #

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People pause by the waterfall pool at the National September 11 Memorial before a planned ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center site, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #

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On the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, visitors stand at the Wall of Names at the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., Sept. 11, 2011. (Michael Appleton/The New York Times) #

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Robert Peraza, who lost his son Robert David Peraza in the attacks at the World Trade Center, pauses at his son's name at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial before the 10th anniversary ceremony at the site, Sunday Sept. 11, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Justin Lane, Pool) #

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Police and firefighters march in formation as they carry a folded flag past one of the memorial pools at the Sept. 11 memorial, during the 10th anniversary observance of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in New York,. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool) #

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A man walks among nearly 3,000 flags set up as part of a remembrance on 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in St. Louis. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) #

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Members of the Texas State Guard 1st. Battalion, 1st. Regiment Alamo Guards stand by a piece of the World Trade Center during the City of San Antonio, Texas commemoration at Alamo Plaza, of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S., Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/The San Antonio Express-News, Jerry Lara) #

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Bagpipers walk past the the National Sept. 11 Memorial during a commemoration ceremony in New York on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2011. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times) #

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People listen during a memorial service at the Pentagon September 11, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. Vice President Joseph R. Biden, Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta, Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Navy Admiral Mike Mullen and others attended the service at the Pentagon Memorial to commemorate the 10th anniversary the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States. (Photo by Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images) #

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Kelley Korona and husband Marc Robinson, left, a Purple Heart recipient, from Canton, share a moment at the Michigan Remembers 9/11 Fund's Detroit Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers 5K run/walk/roll on Belle Isle in Detroit, on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Proceeds send two Michigan firefighters to the Sept 25 Tunnel to Towers run in New York City. (AP Photo/The Detroit News, David Coates) #

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A friar stands near a bunker coat and helmet belonging to FDNY chaplain Mychal Judge during a memorial service and dedication ceremony to induct the two items into the permanent display at the New York City Fire Museum on September 11, 2011 in New York City. New York City firefighters are commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks and honoring the 343 firefighters who died in the line of duty. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) #

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Firefighters attend a memorial service for firefighters killed on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan at the Firemen's Monument at Riverside Park on September 11, 2011 in New York City. Firefighters from around the world have converged on New York to take part in the anniversary services. New York City and the nation are commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks which 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, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

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Family members look at the names of victims inscribed on the wall of one of the pools at the National September 11 Memorial during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at the World Trade Center site in New York. (AP Photo/Lucas Jackson, Pool) #

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Firefighters attend a memorial service for firefighters killed on 9/11 at the Firemen's Monument at Riverside Park on September 11, 2011 in New York City. Firefighters from around the world have converged on New York to take part in the anniversary services. New York City and the nation are commemorating the tenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks which 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, Virginia and one crash landed in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

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People gather during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, outside the World Trade Center site in New York. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) #

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Firefighters climb the stairs of the Pleasant Valley Drill Tower in Austin, Texas, during the 9-11 Memorial Stair Climb on the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. About 50 firefighters from several area fire departments participated in the event. Each firefighter climbed 108 flights of stairs - roughly the height of of the World Trade Center - to remember those firefighters who died in the 9/11 terror attacks. (AP Photo/Austin American-Statesman, Jay Janner) #

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Celeste Pocher embraces her daughter after finding her brother in law's name, John Pocher at the north pool at the National September 11 Memorial during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks at the World Trade Center, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) #

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A rider from the Ride 2 Recovery 9/11 Challenge walks through the Empty Sky memorial in Liberty State Park Sunday Sept. 11, 2011 in Jersey City, N.J. From Liberty State Park the ride will go to the United 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., and then on to the Pentagon in Washington DC, a total of 530 miles in 8 days. (AP Photo/Joe Epstein) #

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New York Firefighter Zachary Fletcher embraces his mother Monica Fletcher after finding his twin brother Andre G. Fletcher's name engraved at the south pool of the National September 11 Memorial during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks at World Trade Center, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) #

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New York City fire department paramedic John Rugen, center left, buries his face in his hand during a 9/11 memorial service at the Peace Arch-Douglas border crossing in Surrey, British Columbia, on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Hundreds of people gathered at the Canada-U.S. border to mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck) #

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A U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant who asked that his name not be used, kneels near his father's name after a remembrance ceremony at the Garden of Reflection Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in Yardley, Pa. The memorial honors nine people from Lower Makefield Township, where the memorial is located, eighteen people from Bucks County, and all 58 people from Pennsylvania that lost their lives in the attacks Sept. 11, 2001. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) #

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Alicia Bergstein, center, comforts her children Devin Bergstein, left, and Adrianna Bergstein while visiting the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Daniel Bergstein, Alicia husband and the childrens' father, was killed in the Sept. 11 2001 terrorist attacks. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, Pool) #

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A photograph of Grace Cua is placed near her name at the National Sept. 11 Memorial in New York on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2011. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times) #

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Family members of those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001 World Trade Center attacks, gather at the edge of the north reflecting pool of the Sept. 11 memorial during 10th anniversary ceremonies at the site, in New York, Sunday Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Chip Somodevilla, Pool) #

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Roses are left on the bronze plaques that bear the names of the victims of the September 11 terror attacks on one of the reflecting pool walls at the Sept. 11 memorial, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in New York. Sunday marked the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. (AP Photo/Chip Somodevilla, Pool) #

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Andrew Kara, a U.S. Marine Corp veteran, right, and his girlfriend, Nicky Figueredo, who lost a friend in the Sept. 11 attacks, observe the National Sept. 11 Memorial in New York on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2011. (Michael Nagle/The New York Times) #

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Mourners gather at the edge of one of the two memorial pools of the National September 11 Memorial in the World Trade Center site in New York during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Some people wrote notes to their deceased loved ones when they found their names engraved on the edges of the pools. (AP Photo/Aaron Showalter, Pool) #

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Michael Lira and his brother Kenny Lira's goddaughter Hailey Perez, 11, hold a photo of Kenny who was killed in the Sept. 11 attacks, at the National Sept. 11 Memorial in New York on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2011. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times) #

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A mourner traces the name of a victim of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site in New York. (AP Photo/David Handschuh, Pool) #

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Madhu Narula, of Kings Park, N.Y., reacts after hearing the name of her daughter, Manika Narula, pictured on shirt below, as the names of the victims of 9/11 are read during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) #

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People pay their respects during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, outside the World Trade Center site in New York. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty) #

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A woman cries while reading her father's name, as the victims of 9/11 are remembered during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks at the National September 11 Memorial at the World Trade Center site, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow) #

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Family members share a quiet moment at the south memorial fountain at the National Sept. 11 Memorial in New York on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks, Sept. 11, 2011. (Todd Heisler/The New York Times) #

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Jackie and Sam Sapio salute during the national anthem as they raise a large American flag from the ladder of a fire truck in a parking lot overlooking the Air Force Memorial and the Pentagon on September 11, 2011 in Arlington, VA. The group raised the same flag earlier in the day in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and will raise it later in New York City. (Photo by Brendan Hoffman/Getty Images) #

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President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama walk to the crash site of Flight 93 during their visit to the Flight 93 National Memorial Sunday, Sept., 11, 2011, in Shanksville, Pa., on the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais) #

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Nancy Gregory, hugs her sons Carl, left, and Gregory as they pay their respects to her husband firefighter Ken Kumpel at the National September 11 Memorial during a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks at World Trade Center, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer) #

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Garrett Hauck, 5, from Ballwin, Missouri, looks up at some of the of 2,996 flags planted on Art Hill in St. Louis on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 after a memorial service to mark the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. "People will ask him if he wants to be a baseball player when he grows up and he says no I want to be a firefighter," said his mother Carrie Hauck, not pictured, "He practically sleeps in this outfit." (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, David Carson) #

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Sgt. 1st Class Keith Finkler, 43, left, of Jacksonville, Fla., and Sgt. Maj. William Moore, light a candle during a ceremony commemorating the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 U.S. terror attacks and for soldiers killed from the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment, in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan since the attacks Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, at Forward Operating Base Bostick in Kunar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #

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Three thousand flags rise out of the mist at dawn on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in Forest Park in St. Louis before the start of several ceremonies commemorating the 10 year anniversary of the terrorists attacks. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes) #

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Spc. Angel Batista, 26, left to right, of Bloomingdale, N.J., Spc. Jacob Greene, 22, of Shreveport, La., and Sgt. Joe Altmann, 26, of Marshfield, Wisc., with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment based in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, sit beneath a new American flag just raised to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Sept. 11, 2011 at Forward Operating Base Bostick in Kunar province, Afghanistan. (AP Photo/David Goldman) #

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Lindsey Farrell, 25, and her boyfriend Ryan Heaberlin, 30, watch the Cardinals game Sunday afternoon at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. Heaberlin is a firefighter with the Cottleville Fire Protection District in St. Charles, Missouri. (AP Photo/St. Louis Post-Dispatch, J.B. Forbes) #

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U.S. soldiers attend an event to mark the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States, at the U.S. of Bagram north of Kabul, Afghanistan Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo/Musadeq Sadeq) #

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People attend a mass Sunday, Sept. 11 2011, at Lisbon's 16th century Jeronimos Monastery to remember the victims of the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York. (AP Photo/Armando Franca) #

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Flower tributes to the victims of 9/11 terror attacks lay in the 9/11 Memorial Garden in London, after family members placed the flowers in memory of lost loved ones, during a ceremony to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks, Sunday Sept. 11, 2011. (AP Photo / Lewis Whyld) #

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10 years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists seized control of four airplanes and crashed them all, bringing down the World Trade Center towers and ripping a hole in the Pentagon.

Throughout this anniversary day, the editors at Photo Journal will be live blogging the memorial ceremonies and worldwide reactions through a curated series of photographs. The images are posted as they become available and do not necessarily represent the time they were taken. The historical photos you see are juxtaposed with images from today.

If you would like to send your own photos to us for possible inclusion in the blog, please email them to yourphotos@wsj.com.

8:45 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

The Tribute in Lights is illuminated on the skyline of Lower Manhattan on the evening marking the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center in New York, September 11, 2011. (Gary Hershorn/Reuters)

5:29 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

A New York City fireman returns to quarters in a firehouse at 48th Street and 8th Avenue after a 10th anniversary ceremony commemorating the 15 members of the New York City Fire Department, Ladder 4, Engine Company 54 who perished in the September 11, 2001 attack on the World Trade Center. (Peter Foley/European Pressphoto Agency)

5:25 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

Lifeguard Randy Dodd, right, and a fellow lifeguard attach a memorial  wreath to Dodd's surfboard during a memorial service on the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks at Long Beach, Long Island, Sunday, September 11, 2011. Dodd and about 300 surfers took the wreath out to sea where they held a brief ceremony, forming a circle and joining hands, and placed the wreath in the water. Each surfer had an armband with the name of a Sept. 11 first responder from Long Island. A memorial mass was also held on the beach. The event was organized by The O'Keefe Foundation, named after Patrick O'Keefe, a firefighter who died in the attacks on Sept. 11. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)

4:28 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

A man wearing a fireman's hat stands while an American flag covers the field during a ceremony before a game between the Buffalo Bills and the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri on the tenth anniversary of the attacks of September 11, 2001. (Larry W. Smith/European Pressphoto Agency)

 

3:12 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

Family members visit the Pentagon Memorial in Washington D.C. before ceremonies begin for the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. (Charles Dharapak/Associated Press)

3:04 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

A U.S. Coast Guard Lieutenant who asked that his name not be used, kneels near his father's name after a remembrance ceremony at the Garden of Reflection Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011 in Yardley, Pa. The memorial honors people from Pennsylvania that lost their lives in the attacks Sept. 11, 2001. (Alex Brandon/Associated Press)

1:49 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

Marie Lucania, center right, clutches the hand of her granddaughter Julianna Santella, 9, during a memorial service on the tenth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks held at Lido Beach on Long Island, Sunday, September 11, 2011. Ms. Lucania lost her son, Charles Lucania, an electrician who worked at the towers. (Claudio Papapietro for The Wall Street Journal)

12:32 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

Mahmoud Doust and Julieth Munoz sit on a bench at a sunrise ceremony in Battery Park. They traveled to New York from Washington D.C. to be here for the 10th Anniversary of terror attacks on the World Trade Center. (Rob Bennett for The Wall Street Journal)

12:19 pm | by WSJ Photo Editors

A rider from the Ride 2 Recovery 9/11 Challenge walks through the Empty Sky memorial in Liberty State Park in Jersey City, N.J. on Sunday. (Joe Epstein/Associated Press)

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100 dancers gathered around the Revson Fountain at Lincoln Center in New York on Sunday. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

11:31 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Police officers from the United Kingdom march across the Brooklyn Bridge on the morning of the 10 year anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. (Philip Montgomery for The Wall Street Journal)

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Top: A family member touches the names of loved ones at the north pool of the 9/11 Memorial during the tenth anniversary ceremonies at the site of the World Trade Center. (David Handschuh/Press Pool)

Bottom: People run from the collapsed World Trade Center towers. (Suzanne Plunkett/Associated Press)

11:10 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Top: A woman mourns at the Flight 93 National Memorial on the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, on September 11, 2011 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. (Kevin Dietsch/United Press International)

Bottom: Officials examine the crash site of United Airlines Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pa. (Scott Spangler, Tribune Review/Associated Press)

10:20 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Top: Former first lady Laura Bush, from left, former President George W. Bush, first lady Michelle Obama and President Barack Obama hold hands to their hearts during the national anthem before a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the attacks in New York. (Jason DeCrow/Associated Press)

Bottom: The South Tower, left, begins to collapse. (Gulnara Samoilova/Associated Press)

9:52 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Top: Soldiers from Task Force 3-66 Bravo Company of the 172 Infantry Brigade bow their heads during a prayer to remember the victims of 9/11 before a ceremony at Forward Operating Base (FOB) Kuschamond in Afghanistan. (Johannes Eisele/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Bottom: A video still from a surveillance camera shows the impact after American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. (Associated Press)

9:27 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Top: The 9/11 memorial ceremony is set to begin in New York. (Mladen Antonov/Agence France-Presse/Getty Images)

Bottom: United Airlines Flight 175 strikes the South Tower of the World Trade Center. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

9:04 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Top: Frederick Meeks holds American flags in his hands as he stands at the World Trade Center site. (Eric Thayer/Reuters)

Bottom: Two men, identified by authorities as suspected hijackers Abdulaziz Alomari, left, and Mohamed Atta, right, pass through security at Portland International Jetport, Sept. 11, 2001, before flying to Boston where they boarded American Airlines Flight 11 that struck the North Tower of the World Trade Center. (Portland Police Department/Associated Press)

8:46 am | by WSJ Photo Editors

Robert Peraza, who lost his son Robert David Peraza, pauses at his son's name at the North Pool of the 9/11 Memorial on September 11, 2011, in New York. (Justin Lane/Press Pool)

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Todd McCormick takes a photograph with is cell phone of names on the walls of the newly constructed “Empty Sky Memorial” at Liberty State Park on September 7, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The concrete and steel “Empty Sky Memorial” designed by architect Jessica Jamroz pays tribute to the 746 citizens of New Jersey who lost their lives on September 11. The memorial will officially open on September 10, with a ceremony that will be attended by families of 9/11 victims.

The ramps from Route 42 going on and off Route 11 in Bloomsburg, Pa., just disappear into the flood water from Fishing Creek which cover Route 11 Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Flooding across the northeast caused massive property damage.

Divers search the wreckage at a crash site near Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Moscow, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Investigators searched for flight recorders in the shattered remains of an airliner that crashed, killing 43 people including most of one of Russia’s premier hockey teams.

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Todd McCormick takes a photograph with is cell phone of names on the walls of the newly constructed "Empty Sky Memorial" at Liberty State Park on September 7, 2011 in Jersey City, New Jersey. The concrete and steel "Empty Sky Memorial" designed by architect Jessica Jamroz pays tribute to the 746 citizens of New Jersey who lost their lives on September 11. The memorial will officially open on September 10, with a ceremony that will be attended by families of 9/11 victims. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images) #

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In a Tuesday, Sept. 7, 2011 photo, Evansville fire Capt., Don Spindler carries a young girl out of a burning apartment in Evansville. A mother and her two young daughters remain in critical condition but stable condition at St. Mary’s Medical Center after being rescued from their burning South Side apartment. (AP Photo/The Evansville Courier & Press, Jason Clark) #

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The ramps from Route 42 going on and off Route 11 in Bloomsburg, Pa., just disappear into the flood water from Fishing Creek which cover Route 11 Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Bloomsburg Press Enterprise, Jimmy May). #

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Divers search the wreckage at a crash site near Yaroslavl, on the Volga River about 150 miles (240 kilometers) northeast of Moscow, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Investigators searched for flight recorders in the shattered remains of an airliner that crashed, killing 43 people including most of one of Russia's premier hockey teams. (AP Photo/ Maxim Shipenkov, pool) #

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Riot police stand guard after been attacked with paint bombs by protesters, during a demonstration by students and teachers on September 7, 2011, in Bogota, Colombia, during the National March for the defense of public education. GUILLERMO LEGARIA/AFP/Getty Images #

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A test of the Tribute in Light rises above lower Manhattan, Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011 in New York. The memorial, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, will light the sky on the evening of Sept. 11, 2011 in honor of those who died ten years before in the terror attacks on the United States. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig) #

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Girls play on the boardwalk in Dunedin, New Zealand, Saturday, Sept. 3, 2011. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko) #

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Pakistani Robeena Fareed, 6, carries mud while working with her family in a brick factory on the outskirts of Islamabad, Pakistan, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. (AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen) #

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A garbage collector is reflected in the polished marble wall of a building as he rests at the entrance of the building where the air-conditioned cool air is blowing in Shanghai, China, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011. (AP Photo/Eugene Hoshiko) #

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A statue of a woman holding a water bucket stands in front of the remnants of a burned down home on the east side of Lake Bastop on September 6, 2011 outside Bastrop, Texas. Several large wildfires have been devastating Bastrop County for the last two days. (Photo by Erich Schlegel/Getty Images) #

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Runners race down the back straight at Uttoxeter racecourse on September 07, 2011 in Uttoxeter, England. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images) #

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A person turns back from crossing floodwaters, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011, in the Manayunk neighborhood of Philadelphia. Widespread flooding brought on by the remnants of Tropical Storm Lee was being blamed for two deaths in Pennsylvania, where inundated communities were evacuated and state offices closed down on Thursday because of the rising waters. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) #

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People watch as Construction continues on One World Trade Center on September 8, 2011 in New York City. One World Trade Center will eventually be the tallest skyscraper in the country, topping out at a symbolic 1,776 feet. New York City and the nation are preparing for the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on lower Manhattan which resulted in the deaths of 2,753 people at the World Trade Center. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) #

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A young girl is escorted from the law office building where she was held hostage in Paramatta on September 6, 2011 in Sydney, Australia. A man entered the law office building this morning with a young girl, alleged to be his daughter, claiming to have a backpack with a bomb, sparking a hostage scenario response from police, hostage negotiators, bomb squads and emergency crews. The standoff was underway for over 11 hours before police safely negotiated the release of the girl and took the man into custody. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images) #

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Racegoers shelter from the rain as the runners pass during the Laytown race meeting run on the beach on September 08, 2011 in Laytown, Ireland. (Photo by Alan Crowhurst/Getty Images) #

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Police use colored water from a water cannon to disperse protesting state government employees of Jammu and Kashmir, in Srinagar, India, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. The employees demanded a hike in their salaries. (AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan) #

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Relatives of blast victim Inder Singh mourn as his body is taken for its funeral in New Delhi, India, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. Indian authorities detained three men for questioning Thursday as they scrambled for leads into a powerful briefcase bomb that tore through the crowds outside a New Delhi courthouse. (AP Photo/Gurinder Osan) #

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A Maori performs during the opening ceremony of the 2011 Rugby World Cup at the Eden Park stadium in Auckland on September 9, 2011. GREG WOOD/AFP/Getty Images #

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A supporter of Otto Perez Molina, Patriotic Party presidential candidate, salutes at a Molina campaign rally in Guatemala City, Thursday Sept. 8, 2011. The latest polls show Molina, a former general, heading into Sunday's election as the frontrunner with a 20-point lead over his closest challenger. (AP Photo/Rodrigo Abd) #

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An Indian idol maker works rests in front of semi-finished clay statues of including those of Hindu goddess Durga in Kumartoli, the idol makers village of Kolkata, on September 8, 2011. Monsoon rain has made it difficult for artisans to finish idols on schedule, with the recent economic slowdown and rising inflation adding to the difficulties of the artisans ahead of the Durga Puja Hindu festival to be celebrated in October. AFP PHOTO/Dibyangshu SARKAR #

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Rishabh the son of A. K. Sharma, a school teacher who was killed in bomb blast outside Delhi high court, watches his fathers cremation in New Delhi on September 8, 2011. Police in Indian Kashmir questioned three men in connection with a deadly bombing at New Delhi's High Court on September 7, as the prime minister acknowledged systemic "weaknesses" in domestic security. The powerful blast ripped through a crowd of lawyers and litigants queueing to enter the court complex in the heart of the Indian capital, killing 12 people and injuring nearly 80. AFP PHOTO / Prakash SINGH #

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A worker walks through the Hacker Pschorr beer tent during preparations for the 178th Oktoberfest beer festival in Munich, southern Germany, Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. The world's largest beer festival, to be held from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3, 2011 is expected to draw several millions visitors. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) #

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A Thai worker rests under a tree in Bangkok, Thailand Thursday, Sept. 8, 2011. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit) #

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Supplies for rescue workers thrown from a military aircraft using parachutes falls down in Juan Fernandez islands, Chile, Sunday, Sept. 4, 2011. A Chilean Air Force plane crashed into the Pacific Ocean with 21 people aboard, Friday afternoon Sept. 2, 2011, after two failed attempts to land in difficult weather on the Juan Fernandez islands. The bodies of at least two women and one man were recovered Saturday by searchers or fishermen, said Air Force Gen. Maximiliano Larraechea. Officials say they believe all aboard died. (AP Photo/Luis Hidalgo, Pool) #

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Some of an estimated 400,000 Israelis demonstrate in the center of Tel Aviv on September 3, 2011 to protest against rising housing prices and social inequalities in the Jewish state. The estimated figures were record-breaking, exceeding even the 300,000 people who took part in similar demonstration on August 6, and lending new life to the six-week old movement calling for sweeping economic reforms. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP/Getty Images #

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Members of the Syrian community in Bucharest protest against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, on September 2, 2011, in Bucharest, Romania. Hundreds of people, mainly Syrians, took to the streets of Romania on September 2nd to protest against the Assad's regime. ANDREI PUNGOVSCHI/AFP/Getty Images #

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A test of the Tribute in Light rises above lower Manhattan, Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2011, in New York. Four World Trade Center, second from left, is under construction. The memorial, sponsored by the Municipal Art Society, will light the sky on the evening of Sept. 11, 2011, in honor of those who died ten years ago in the terror attacks on the United States. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan) #

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On the afternoon of September 11, Pittsburgh-based photographer Scott Goldsmith was one of first journalists allowed to view the crash site of United Flight 93, which had been 20 min. away from its target, Washington D.C., when passengers and crew fought the terrorists, bringing the plane on a field near the small farming town of Shanksville, Pa. “The fire had been so severe there was no aircraft left,” says Goldsmith, describing the  crash site as it looked just hours after impact. “By the time we got there, there wasn’t even any smoke. Just eight or nine men in white protective suits moving around a crater, with a line of trees behind them, burnt black.”

Goldsmith continued working until Governor Tom Ridge’s press conference at sunset, returning home in time to catch Federal Express and dispatch the film to US News & World Report.

But the sense of what had happened at Shanksville lingered. As the media focused on the Twin Towers and the Pentagon, “I felt Shanksville was forgotten,” says Goldsmith.

So he kept returning to document the town: the tourists, the government officials, the FBI and other technicians conducting the investigation. He’s made the trip about twice a year, for ten years, getting to know many of Shanksville’s 250 residents. “The town just grew and grew on me. And working there helped me deal with the event,” says Goldsmith, who is turning the project into a book. “Shanksville is something meaningful to me. And those sort of stories are far and few between when you’re trying to make a living in this business.”

Goldsmith, who has covered everything from the campaign trail to shale drilling, says this was the first story he immersed himself in at such length. As he pursued it, his budding relationships with the locals allowed him to meet a man who witnessed the plane smashing into the earth, and hear how he wasn’t able to leave his house for two weeks. He got to see how the scene continued to unfold, “people would come up to me with a handful of shredded cloth that looked like it may have been plane seats,” says Goldsmith “and say, ‘look what I found in my field.’” And he was let into areas that were supposed to be off-limits. “Wally Miller, who owns a funeral parlor, and helped a lot of the families of the victims, took me back behind police lines,” says Goldsmith, “and let me photograph trees near the site.”

For the most part, Goldsmith has had the story to himself. “It’s not like Ground Zero where no matter what time of day you go,” says Goldsmith, “someone is always there.”

That may soon change, as the National Park Service works on a memorial, with the first phase of construction completed on the 10th anniversary. Incorporating groves of trees, and a 93 ft. tower with 40 wind chimes, the park is designed to represent the passengers and crew who, as Elizabeth Kemmerer, whose mother was on board, said to the 9/11 Commission, “fought a battle at 35,000 ft., in an aisle no wider than 3 ft.”

As work on the park goes on, the thousands of people who visit the area over the last 10 years have set up their own tributes—writing messages of gratitude on guard rails, and leaving flags, jewelry, even Purple Hearts near the site. They were there when Goldsmith returned to gauge reaction to the killing of Osama bin Laden. There weren’t jubilant celebrations like the one’s that erupted in Washington and New York. Rather there was a muted sense of relief. “They don’t want to be in the limelight,” says Goldsmith. “That’s why they chose to live there. But all of a sudden, they became part of our history.”

To see more of Goldsmith’s work, click here.

To visit TIME’s Beyond 9/11: A Portrait of Resilience, a project that chronicles 9/11 and its aftermath, click here.

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