Pentagon Employees Remember Fellow Workers Who Died on 9/11
By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Sept. 10, 2004 -- In the chapel built at the point where
American Airlines Flight 77 plowed into the Pentagon, employees
today remembered their friends who died in the attack on the building
on Sept. 11, 2001.
The simple ecumenical ceremony paid tribute to lives of the 184
people who died in the building and aboard the plane when terrorists
turned the jetliner into a weapon of war.
Raymond F. DuBois, the DoD director of administration and management,
recalled the original name of the area the Pentagon is built on
was "Hell's Bottom." He said 60 years to the day after the groundbreaking
for the building, it lived up to its former name. DuBois recalled
the blackened halls, the flames, the sights, noises and smells of
the day. He said it truly was Hell's Bottom on Sept. 11, 2001.
He recalled the sacrifices of Pentagon employees. He spoke of the
bravery of those who responded to the attack in the building and
of the firefighters and other first responders who arrived within
And, DuBois remembered, the next day, the employees of the Pentagon
were back at work -- with the roof of the building still on fire
and rescue workers still probing the rubble -- to help plan the
counterattack on the terrorists.
The service included a listing of the names of those killed in
the attack; a reading of the Kaddish, the Jewish Prayer for the
Dead; a prayer from retired Army Chaplain (Col.) Larry Racster,
who aided in recovery efforts after the attack; and a reading from
the Quran. Navy Chaplain (Cmdr.) Shearin Winston said a prayer for
The ceremony ended with a bugler playing "Taps."