When I first saw this picture, I thought that the man carrying the children was their father. Now I realize that he was not related to them by blood, but by nationality. He is an American. They are American children. He is not their father, he is their protector. He’s a United States Marine.”
6th President of the United States: John Quincy Adams * Democratic - Republican * Term: 1825 - 1829 * Born: July 11, 1767 in Braintree, Massachusetts * Died: February 23, 1848 * Vice President: John C. Calhoun * First Lady: Louisa Catherine Johnson * Children: George, John, Charles and Louisa *
Photographer Thomas E. Franklin: "I didn’t know what I had. I had no way of analyzing it. I had no context to compare it to other pictures. I didn’t know if other people had shot it or anything along those lines. To me, the catastrophic events of that day, the fact that two jet airliners crashed into the two tallest buildings in New York and those buildings no longer existed, the trauma and the surreal aspect of that was far greater than a photograph of three firemen raising a flag."