Remembering 9/11: Pentagon Stone Dedication

Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst dedicates a stone recovered from the Pentagon after the attacks on September 11. Also in attendance, Maj. Gen. James T. Jackson (Ret.), former Military District of Washington commanding general, and Sgt. Nathan Heit, 911th Engineer Company.

On September 11, 2001 nearly 3,000 lives were lost — a day that is remembered as the worst attack on American soil.

Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commanding general of Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington recently dedicated stone recovered from September 11, 2001 attack on the Pentagon to commemorate the actions of service members and civilian workforce who responded to the attack.

During a ceremony held May 9 at Fort Lesley J. McNair, Maj. Gen. Horst dedicated a limestone block, marked DB849 and weighing 225 pounds, that was recovered from the west facade of the Pentagon, about 50 meters from the area where American Airlines flight 77 crashed into the building nearly 10 years ago.

“The stone will serve as a tribute to the 184 people who perished and to those who assisted in the rescue and recovery efforts at the Pentagon; and the lives lost in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, and at the World Trade Center. It also serves as a daily reminder of just how much we have grown as a command since Sept. 11, 2001,” said Horst during the dedication.

The Fort McNair ceremony marked the fourth and final dedication of stone recovered from the Pentagon. Similar dedication ceremonies were held at the Arlington County Fire Department on March 24, the Federal Bureau of Investigation on April 27 and the Fire Department of New York on May 6.

Tell us: where were you on Sept. 11, 2001 and how do you honor those who were affected?