CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Transportation Security Administration officials from Yeager Airport today dedicated a piece of limestone that was salvaged from the September 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The artifact is available for the public to view in the airport’s new education center located in the flight observation area.
The striking piece of limestone recovered from the Pentagon is a powerful reminder of how important TSA’s national security mission is. The stone is 20 inches long, 14 inches deep and weighs approximately 250 pounds. The stone shows damage from the attack, a visual representation of the devastation experienced in 2001. It now serves as a reminder to the men and women of TSA who remain firm in their resolve to prevent another attack.
“Today we dedicate this striking piece of brick work; stone that was part of the western side wall of the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. We do this in remembrance of our past and as a symbol of hope for our future,” said TSA Federal Security Director for West Virginia Karen Keys-Turner. “Let this artifact serve as a reminder to all of why we are here; why we do what we do; and so that we might each day reaffirm our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of commerce, as well as the freedom of movement for the traveling public in the state of West Virginia.”
Keys-Turner led the TSA workforce in an oath that served to recommit them to their role in safeguarding travelers with the forceful reminder that what happened on the fateful day in 2001 would not happen again, “not on my watch.”
A memorial plaque, affixed to the base where the artifact rests, states, in part, that the artifact, recovered from the attack on the Pentagon, serves to “honor the memory of the fallen on September 11, 2001” and that the Transportation Security Administration workforce “will safeguard the American people, our homeland and our values.”
“Let this piece of stone stand as a stark reminder as to why TSA exists and why we do what we do each day,” Keys-Turner said. “May it help us to be always strong, resilient and capable and to never forget.”
Approximately 200 people attended the dedication ceremony of the Pentagon artifact on Monday afternoon, May 24, including members of the TSA workforce, officials from Yeager Airport, representatives of the West Virginia National Guard-Joint Base West Virginia, representatives of the Kanawha County Commission, and local first responders.
The piece was given to the Transportation Security Administration by the U.S. Department of Defense, which is headquartered in the Pentagon.