A look back in photos at local reaction to 9/11 terrorist attacks 20 years ago

Devon Ravine
Northwest Florida Daily News

Like most Americans, residents along the Emerald Coast reacted to the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 with a mixture of shock, grief and a desire to show the world that, despite the attacks, we were united as a nation. 

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People gathered around televisions to watch as the events played out and rushed to local blood banks to donate blood. Flags and signs of support for the country could be found all along the Emerald Coast.

Here is a collection of some of the photos made by Daily News photographers on 9/11 and the days following that show the faith and resolve of our local citizens:

The front page of the Sept. 12, 2001, edition of the Northwest Florida Daily News, one day after the infamous terrorist attacks that resulted in plane crashes at the World Trades Center, the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Employees and customers at Art's TV and Appliance in Mary Esther watch news reports of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001.
People gather to pray on the field at Niceville High School after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.