After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, heart-wrenching images surfaced and stirred the world.
Photos released by the US National Archives in 2016 show exactly when President George W. Bush learned the US was under attack.
See how Bush responded to what would be the defining moment of his presidency.
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President George W. Bush participates in a reading demonstration on the morning of Tuesday, September 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.
Bush watches television coverage of the attacks on the World Trade Center during a briefing in the classroom.
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