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Reflecting On Sept. 11, 2001

PHOTOS: Commemorating Sept. 11 In Afghanistan

It's been said many times, today: that one of Sept. 11's most significant legacy are the two wars still being fought the by the United States. Perhaps, that's why this set of pictures feels so important. It shows American service members commemorating the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 in simple terms: raising an American flag or bowing in prayer:

U.S. soldiers pray during the an anniversary ceremony of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan. John Moore/Getty Images hide caption

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U.S. soldiers pray during the an anniversary ceremony of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 at Bagram Air Field, Afghanistan.

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Capt. Cameron Mays, 27, of Marion, Ky., left, and Spc. Angel Batista, 26, of Bloomingdale, N.J., with the U.S. Army's 25th Infantry Division, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Battalion 27th Infantry Regiment based in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, raise a new American flag to commemorate the tenth anniversary of the 9/11 attacks at Forward Operating Base Bostick in Kunar province, Afghanistan. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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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., 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. David Goldman/AP hide caption

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U.S. Marines fold a memorial American flag imprinted with the names of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack victims, after raising and lowering it to mark ten years since the attack, at Forward Operating Base Jackson, in Sangin, Helmand province. Brennan Linsley/AP hide caption

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