• Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz and Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commanding general of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington look at the plaque for the Pentagon stone presented to the firefighters recognizing their heroic service following the 911 attack on the Pentagon.   Arlington County Fire Station No. 5 is located within blocks of the Pentagon.

    Arlington County Firefighters Honored for 9/11 Response

    Arlington County Fire Chief James Schwartz and Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commanding general of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U.S. Army Military District of Washington look at the plaque for the Pentagon stone presented to...

  • A close-up view of the Pentagon stone presented to the Arlington County firefighters at Fire Station No. 5 during a ceremony Mar. 24, 2011 recognizing their heroic service following the 911 attack on the Pentagon.  Most likely, this stone sat within 50-75 yards of the part of the Pentagon damaged during the 911 attack.

    Arlington County Firefighters Honored for 9/11 Response

    A close-up view of the Pentagon stone presented to the Arlington County firefighters at Fire Station No. 5 during a ceremony Mar. 24, 2011 recognizing their heroic service following the 911 attack on the Pentagon. Most likely, this stone sat within...

  • Arlington County’s Fire Station No. 5 is packed with family, friends and visitors from the area observing the presentation of a Pentagon stone to the firefighters recognizing their heroic service following the 911 attack on the Pentagon.   Arlington County Fire Station No. 5 is located within blocks of the Pentagon.

    Arlington County Firefighters Honored for 9/11 Response

    Arlington County’s Fire Station No. 5 is packed with family, friends and visitors from the area observing the presentation of a Pentagon stone to the firefighters recognizing their heroic service following the 911 attack on the Pentagon. Arlington...

  • A member of the Arlington County Fire Department Honor Guard stands at Present-Arms during a ceremony held at Fire Station No. 5, recognizing their heroic service following the 911 attack on the Pentagon.   Arlington County Fire Station No. 5 is located within blocks of the Pentagon.   Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commanding general of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U. S. Army Military District of Washington (JFHQ-NCR/MDW) presented a stone from the Pentagon that was part of a block recovered from the west façade of the Pentagon. Most likely, it sat within 50-75 yards of the part of the Pentagon damaged during the 911 attack.

    Arlington County Firefighters Honored for 9/11 Response

    A member of the Arlington County Fire Department Honor Guard stands at Present-Arms during a ceremony held at Fire Station No. 5, recognizing their heroic service following the 911 attack on the Pentagon. Arlington County Fire Station No. 5 is...

ARLINGTON, Va., March 24, 2011 -- For 60 years, hundreds of large stone blocks served quietly on the west facade of the Pentagon. In the aftermath of the Sept. 11, 2001 attack at the Pentagon, some of those stones rested quietly stored nearby at Ft. McNair. One of those stones finally came home to Arlington during a ceremony between the U. S. military and the Arlington County Fire Department Mar. 24, 2011.

Maj. Gen. Karl R. Horst, commanding general of the Joint Force Headquarters National Capital Region and the U. S. Army Military District of Washington (JFHQ-NCR/MDW) presented the Pentagon stone at a packed Arlington County Fire Station No. 5 in recognition of the firefighter's service following the 911 attack. Station No. 5 is located a short distance from the Pentagon and the ceremony was open to the public.

Though the Pentagon (built 1941-42) was famously built - quickly -- as a reinforced concrete structure, the building's facade is made of limestone from Indiana.

The stone presented to Arlington is part of a large stone block that was recovered from the west facade of the Pentagon. Most likely, it sat within 50-75 yards of the part of the Pentagon damaged during the attack - this is known due to detailed blueprints available from the original construction, matched with the specific identification number of a nearby stone.

As part of the 2001 recovery efforts, a military team recovered two stones from the Pentagon -- a small stone weighing 225 pounds and numbered #DB849, and a larger adjacent stone weighing 2400 pounds. The two stones were taken to Fort McNair, where they have remained undisturbed for 10 years.

JFHQ NCR/MDW has cut the large stone into three pieces - each weighing 800 pounds - and is presenting one piece each to the Arlington County Fire Department, the FBI Washington Field Office, and the New York City Fire Department. The presentations are made in recognition and commemoration of the three agencies' rescue and recovery efforts on Sept. 11, 2001. The second, smaller stone will be retained by the JFHQ NCR/MDW, where it will be set in a place of honor at Fort McNair.

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