By J.D. LeipoldSeptember 9, 2011
WASHINGTON (Army News Service, Sept. 9, 2011) -- Military and civilian workers filled the Pentagon auditorium Friday for a memorial service to reflect on the friends and co-workers lost nearly 10 years ago after a plane hijacked by terrorists slammed into the west side of the building, killing 184.
Army Deputy Chief of Chaplains Brig. Gen. Charles R. Bailey led a meditation reminding the audience that while Sept. 11, 2001, turned out to be anything but a normal day and though it changed American culture, much of that culture remains the same.
"This tenth anniversary is a strong and powerful moment to remind ourselves of what lies at the heart of 9/11 by remembering those who died, by reflecting on their sacrifice and by recommitting to a life of service," he said.
"This anniversary calls us to remember our fellow Americans who died here, but most importantly their names must be in our memory because behind every name is an individual, a life that means something to us, that symbolizes us, and symbolizes our country," he said. "Keep them in your heart, remember and let them live forever."
The service featured prayer, scripture reading and inspirational music sung by Walter Jones from the Antiterrorism Force Protection Directorate. Master Sgt. Antonio Giuliano closed the service leading the solemn audience in the singing of "God Bless America."
Following the memorial service, hundreds of civilian workers and service members gathered in the Pentagon center courtyard to add a stitch to the resurrected and reconstructed 30-foot flag that had been found in tatters in the aftermath of the collapse of the World Trade Center on 9/11.
The flag known as the National 9/11 Flag has been traveling the country and has been displayed in all 50 states. More than 250,000 people have added a stitch and signed the commemorative book. The final stitches will be sewn on Sept. 11, 2011, in Joplin, Mo., where on May 22, a tornado killed 160 people and nearly destroyed half the town.