Moment of Silence, September 11, 2015
In this photograph, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama return to the White House after joining White House staff on the South Lawn to observe a moment of silence in commemoration of the 14th anniversary of the terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. This photograph was taken by White House photographer Pete Souza, from behind a planter on the Truman Balcony. In 2002, President George W. Bush designated September 11th as Patriot Day, a time that has been recognized through presidential proclamations as a national day of remembrance, prayer, and service. Presidents and first ladies typically commemorate the day through moment of silence observations on the White House South Lawn, and by attending remembrance ceremonies at sites affected by the terrorist attacks.