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Remembering September 11, 2001
As we commemorate the seventh anniversary of the attacks of September 11, we honor the fallen, reflect on how far we have come and what more might be done.

Chairman's Reflections

Surprise Attack Creates New World

Adm. Mike MullenWASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2008 - The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said his life as an American and as a servicemember changed forever on Sept. 11, 2001. Navy Adm. Mike Mullen said the surprise attack not only took the lives of more than 3,000 people that day, but also revealed the capabilities and threat of terrorism and set the stage for military operations in the Middle East. Story

Memorial Serves as a Reminder: Freedom Must be Protected

Former chairman Peter PaceWASHINGTON, Sept. 4, 2008 - The Pentagon Memorial -- scheduled to be dedicated next week on the seventh anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack -- is a reminder that "each generation inherits freedom, and it's up to each generation to protect it and pass it along," a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said. Story

Pentagon Memorial Will Show Americans 9/11’s Cost, Former Chairman Says

Retired Air Force Gen. Richard D. MyersWASHINGTON, Sept. 5, 2008 – The Pentagon Memorial will be a place of remembrance, dedication and learning, a former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Air Force Gen. Richard B. Myers said. Story
We will never forget!
Quote mark It was a brand new world. [The 9/11 attacks] were unexpected; it was a surprise, and it was also recognition we had an extremely serious threat, a terrorist threat, an extremist threat. Quote mark
Photo of unveiling of first memorial unit. Click for hi-res. The official party watches as the first inscribed memorial unit is unveiled at the Pentagon Memorial, Sept. 11, 2008. Defense Dept. photo by Cherie Cullen
Photo of Pentagon Memorial benches. Click for hi-res. The Pentagon Memorial is made up of 184 memorial units representing each individual who lost their lives during the terrorist attack. Defense Dept. photo by Army Staff Sgt. Michael J. Carden
Watch a video on the 9/11 Pentagon attack. This video captures a mere sliver of the tragedy that befell the Pentagon on that fateful day. Listen to some of the experiences shared by survivors of the event. Play Video


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