I remember this so vividly. I walked the length of the Mall, stood on the west front steps of the Capitol (which you can no longer do) and stared out onto a virtual sea of candles flickering on the Mall. This photo is a good representation of what I saw that night on September 12th, the day after the tragic events in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. I wrote another post about this some time ago.
Thousands of people take part in a candlelight vigil on the Mall, in Washington D.C. September 12, 2001, in memory of the victims of the terrorist attacks in New York City and Washington D.C. The United States vowed on Wednesday to strike back for the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, described across an angry nation as “an act of war” committed by an enemy whose name it doesn’t even know. REUTERS/Win McNamee