MupicGetting up at 0400 started Sept 11, 2008.  After a short  preparation, we departed for the Pentagon to be early and arrive as the gates for  our section open at 0600.

We were seated with the family member’s guests that were killed on American Airlines flight 77 or at the Pentagon.
Still dark as we arrived it wasn’t long before the ceremony began.
Several speakers were included Deputy Secretary of Defense, Chairmen
and Joint Chiefs of Staff, flight attendants and chaplains. 
A great song that was played live by Kitty Donohoe “There are no words”
really set the tone along with a bag piper that played as he walks
independently through the memorial and several choirs.  Along with
speeches from Donald Rumsfeld, Robert Gates and especially the
, the overwhelming moment was as each name of heroes killed in
the Pentagon was read; a pause was taken to participate in the
nationwide moment of silence.
At 0846, over 15 thousand became totally silent. No cars moved in the
area, no one made a peep. The awe of that was monumental by itself.
The silence marks the exact time 8:46 a.m. (1246 GMT) when the first
hijacked plane hit the World Trade Center in New York. If you were able
to sit there and watch the pictures of the heroes in the silent city of
Washington DC and not feel the impact, you don’t have a heart.
The memorial concluded with the President completing the dedication of
the memorial and unavailing the individual memorial unit.


  1. Thank you Major for sharing your day and representing those of us not able to attend the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial/Dedication. Our thoughts and prayers go out to each and every family, friend losing a loved one ….
    They are not forgotten… and… never will be!
    Thank you for what you do each and every day for the red white and blue… My thanks also.. to your family for sharing you with us.
    God Bless.

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