Forbes Attends Pentagon Memorial Dedication Ceremony to Observe 9/11 Anniversary
Today, Congressman J. Randy Forbes (VA-04) attended the Pentagon Memorial Dedication Ceremony to observe the seven year anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001 on the Pentagon and on the World Trade Centers in New York City.
“It is with remembrance and pride for my country that I attended the Pentagon Memorial Dedication Ceremony with my colleagues today to pay respects to the thousands of lives that were lost at the hands of senseless terrorists on September 11th, 2001. Nothing will ever repair the losses we suffered as a nation that day, and the memories of the individuals and first responders impacted by the brutal attacks live on in our hearts and minds,” said Forbes. “This memorial provides us a meaningful way to pay tribute to the 184 innocent lives that were lost at the Pentagon. It is a powerful symbol to honor the victims of September 11th and to remember those who continue to fight against terrorism and defend our nation today.”
The Pentagon Memorial contains 184 memorial units, representing the 184 people whose lives were lost at the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77. Each unit is specifically positioned to distinguish victims on board American Airlines Flight 77 from victims within the Pentagon. The memorial units representing the 59 lives lost on American Airlines Flight 77 are positioned so that a visitor will see the sky when reading the name of the victim to whom that unit is dedicated. When standing at a memorial unit dedicated to a victim who was inside the Pentagon, the visitor will see the victim's name and the Pentagon in the same view.
The Pentagon Memorial will be open to the public on Thursday, September 11 at 7:00 p.m.