Pentagon Memorial opens to public

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  • By Staff Sgt. J.G. Buzanowski
  • Secretary of the Air Force Public Affairs
The Pentagon Memorial was dedicated and opened to the public in a solemn ceremony before thousands of servicemembers and civilians Sept. 11 here.

The memorial honors the 184 people who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks here seven years ago when Flight 77 was flown into the south side of the Pentagon.

The ceremony featured speeches from the president, secretary of Defense and other senior officials. In addition, the Air Force Band and other performers provided music for the event.

"The music was beautiful and very moving," said Airman 1st Class Brittany Carrington, who'd been invited to the ceremony while on a tour here earlier in the week. "We were visiting the (Secretary of the Air Force's) office and the Pentagon first sergeant came in and asked if we wanted to go. It was a chance of a lifetime, and an opportunity I'll never forget.

"It's important for us to have a memorial here for those people so we never forget them," said Airman Carrington, who works in the base information transfer center at the 744th Communication Squadron at Andrews Air Force Base, Md.

Chief Master Sgt. Gerard Cappello, the 3rd Wing command chief at Elemendorf AFB, Alaska, happened to be in town and was also invited to the ceremony.

"Hopefully people see this memorial and realize it's a true sign that our nation's armed forces are hard at work to go after the people who committed this tragedy," the chief said. "For those who lost family and friends here, I hope it helps them heal."

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