photo by Margot Lester of a tissue box at the Newseum's 9/11 exhibit

Newseum 9/11 Exhibit © 2014, Margot C. Lester

A somber anniversary for our country. There was so much terrific reporting in the immediate aftermath of the attacks, and great analysis as we got farther from the tragedy. Follow-on reporting continues to be strong.

Yet this is the piece I return to. It -- and the photo that inspired it -- are two most powerful and poignant pieces of journalism I've ever encountered. Each is difficult to consume in its own way, but so, so worth it.

Thank you, Richard Drew (photojournalist) and Tom Junod (writer).

The original piece from Esquire and an update from 2011.