This morning, I have a story in the newspaper about the remembrance ceremony Sunday at the Pentagon, where 184 people were killed when a plane hit that great fortress of military power 10 years and 1 day ago.
The ceremony, attended by more than 1,600 people, was incredibly moving, and it featured a rousing speech by Vice President Joe Biden, who told family members: “Those who you lost, who we now call heroes, were already heroes. They were already heroes to you.”
Maryland lost fathers, mothers, daughters, sons, brothers and sisters at the Pentagon that day — from Silver Spring to Columbia, from Upper Marlboro to Camp Springs.
(Retired) Master Sgt. Max J. Beilke, from Laurel — the last U.S. combat soldier to leave Vietnam. He was working in the Pentagon.
Sarah M. Clark, from Columbia — a Backus Middle School teacher. She was on American flight 77.
Sharon A. Carver, from Waldorf — an Army civilian employee. She was working in the Pentagon.
The list goes on and, sadly, on. Below are some links where you can find more information on all the victims, including those from the Free State.
Here is a link to The Washington Post’s database of Pentagon victims, each with her or his own story.
Here is a link to the Pentagon Memorial’s biography of each victim.
Please post you’re own remembrance of victims or of that day 10 years ago in the comments below.