Rarely-seen 9/11 photos show glimpse into tragedy, chaos

AOL.com editors

As America paused to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the September 11 attacks on U.S. soil, the military circulated some lesser known images from the devastating day that brought a nation to its knees.

"We’ve all seen photos of the devastation from that day, but here are a few lesser-seen images," the Department of Defense media release states. "While some aren’t as iconic as others you’ve seen over the years, they’re impactful just the same."

Click through to check out the rarely-seen 9/11 photos:

Nearly 3,000 Americans lost their lives in the conjoined attacks, which leveled the World Trade Center towers, hit the west side of the Pentagon and brought Flight 93 crashing into a rural field. The souls lost on that tragic day are remembered each year by many throughout the world.