Sunday, September 11, 2011

In Memory of 9-11-2001

This picture is of a roof tile from the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.  It was removed after the terrorist attack on the building on September 11, 2011 at approximately 9:37 AM EST.  This attack killed 125 people in the building and the 53 passengers, 6 crew and 5 hijackers on American Airlines Flight 77.

May the victims of all the attacks that day, rest in peace.

Damage at Pentagon - Image taken September 14, 2011
Photo by TSGT Cedric H. Rudisill, USAF

The tile is on display at the Ben E. Clement Mineral Museum in Marion, Kentucky.  It was donated by a resident of Stafford County, Virginia.

The facade of the Pentagon consists of Indiana Limestone originally installed in 1941-1943. The repairs to the Pentagon required new Indiana Limestone in 2001-2002 which was supplied by Bybee Stone Company of Ellettsville, Indiana and Independent Limestone Company of Bloomington, Indiana.

Aerial View of Pentagon circa 1980-1998?
DoD photo by Master Sgt. Ken Hammond, U.S. Air Force

Learn more of these attacks at the report on CLICK HERE

As for my memories of that day, it was extremely foggy that morning in southern Indiana across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky.  It made vehicle travel difficult. I was home from work and remember hearing about a plane crashing into a building on morning radio news.  It seemed like some of accident at first until the next plane crashed. 

Talking to my neighbor on his front porch we discussed the morning's events.  While outside, the sky became quiet as planes were absent from their usual flight paths going to the Louisville and Clark County airports.  It was an eerie feeling.  Later, at night the UPS planes were not out as usually line up above the Ohio River to wait their turns to land at the air freight hub.  Its impact on air travel in the United States is still felt today.