Ten years ago today, September 11th, was perhaps the darkest day in American history. If you’re American and old enough to remember it, you know exactly where you were when you heard. And you also know the exact moment when you realized it was no accident, but rather, a horrible and deliberate act of terror. We’ve put together a few apps designed to commemorate and educate people about that devastating day.

9/11

This collection of over 1200 pictures may be difficult to look through. If you’re up for it, you’ll find images from the New York site, as well as the Washington, DC and Shanksville, PA sites. There are also some video footage from right after the twin towers were hit. I couldn’t actually watch the videos myself, even ten years later I got too emotional, but I played a few seconds just to confirm that they work. So if you want to watch the videos, they’re there. The app also includes a timeline of events and the flight paths of those ill-fated planes. 9/11 is both free and universal, so you can download it on any of your iDevices.

9/11 Memorial Guide

This app is like a virtual tour guide for the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center. Whether you plan to visit the NYC site in real life, or simply wish to explore it on your iPhone or iPod touch, this app will be helpful. Tap on different parts of the Memorial Pools to see which names are memorialized there. You can also search the database by name, and see where in the memorial this person’s name is inscribed. You can also listen to stories about some of the victims, told by relatives. You may also search the Cobblestones or Pavers, either by Sponsor or Honoree. This app is also free, and definitely worth the download if you are interested in exploring the 9/11 Memorial, either in real life or virtually.

Explore 9/11

If you do plan to go to the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center in real life, you’ll definitely want to grab this free app. It actually contains a detailed walking tour, so you can get the most out of your experience. When you are at the site, you can view photos related to 9/11 that were taken near where you are at the moment. Tap the Augmented Reality (AR) button to see the photos overlaid on what’s right in front of you. There is also a detailed timeline with pictures so you can learn more about that terrible day. If you’re ever in New York City and visiting the 9/11 Memorial at the World Trade Center, you’ll definitely want this app to enhance the experience.

The 911 Memorial: Past, Present, and Future

If you have an iPad, you can grab this one while it’s (temporarily) free. After September 12, the price goes back up to $9.99. This app has four sections: The Past, The Present, The Future, and The Galleries. With a focus on hope for the future, this is one impressive app. You can read much more about it in Bryan’s detailed review.

 

Each app is available on the app store for free:

9/11

9/11 Memorial Guide

Explore 9/11

The 911 Memorial: Past, Present, and Future