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9/11 Ceremonies at the Pentagon

Washington, DC
Sunday, September 11, 2011

This morning, the Pentagon held a ceremony to honor those killed on 9/11.  Vice President Joe Biden, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and Joints Chief of Staff Chairman Admiral Mike Mullen spoke about those who lost their lives 10 years ago and the role the military is taking to fight the war against terrorism.

The events in Arlington, VA, just outside Washington, DC, killed 184 people on the morning of September 11, 2001. An hour after the first hijacked plane hit the World Trade Center in New York City, five hijackers flew American Airlines flight 77, which took off from Dulles International airport in Northern Virginia, into the Pentagon.  At the time the plane made contact with the building, it was traveling at 530 miles per hour and carrying 10,000 gallons of fuel. 

The damaged sections of the massive building were reconstructed, and the Pentagon memorial, which consists of a courtyard with benches for each person killed at the Pentagon, was dedicated on the 2008 anniversary of the attacks. 

Updated: Monday, September 12, 2011 at 1:13pm (ET)

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