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Friday, September 11, 2009


It has been eight years since the event that changed the lives of Americans forever. It seems appropriate that the day is known only as “9/11” because almost everyone alive will always remember where they were when terrorists hijacked four planes – flying two into the World Trade Center towers, one into the Pentagon and crashing the third in a Pennsylvania field.

A number of memorials have been designed or are being constructed to honor all who lost their lives in the attacks of September 11, 2009. In our area, the outdoor Pentagon Memorial opened a year ago in honor of the 184 killed in the building and on American Airlines Flight 77.

The memorial is built on 1.9 acres of land with a view of the crash site of Flight 77. It consists of 184 benches and each is inscribed with the name of one of the victims. A rectangular pool of light illuminates each bench from below. The benches face opposite directions, determined by whether the victim was in the Pentagon or on Flight 77.

The library owns almost 100 titles devoted to 9/11. One that might interest local readers is Firefight: Inside the Battle to Save the Pentagon on 9/11 by Patrick Creed and Rick Newman. You can hear the authors discuss the book on the library’s BookCast series:

“Memory is the diary that we all carry with us.” -- Oscar Wilde

Pat, Fairfax County Public Library

(Image courtesy of the Department of Defense)

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