DULLES, Va.--Transportation Security Administration officials from Washington Dulles International Airport today unveiled a piece of limestone that was salvaged from the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
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 31 inches long, 14 inches deep, 4 inches high and weighs approximately 110 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.
“American Airlines Flight 77 departed Dulles International Airport 15 years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001, and crashed into the Pentagon, forever changing our lives,” said TSA Federal Security Director for Dulles Scott Johnson, as the piece was unveiled. “Today we have before us this artifact from the Pentagon that came from that tragic day. It will serve as a reminder to all of us of why what we do is so important; why our commitment to ensuring the safety and security of the nation’s transportation system is our core mission.
“The terrorist attack was a modern-day earth-shaking event like Pearl Harbor Day was for our Greatest Generation,” Johnson said. “The aftermath of the 9/11 attack on our nation remains the primary driver of why TSA is here. Although it is becoming further back in life’s rear view mirror, TSA, along with our partners in homeland security, must not ever forget.”
A memorial plaque rests in the display case with the artifact and states, in part, that the limestone was recovered from the crash site on the western wall of the Pentagon and as a result, “The Transportation Security Administration stands ever vigilant to ensure the safety and security of all those who travel in the United States.”
“It is my hope that this stone will help us remain strong and to never let us forget that we are here to help ensure that such a horrible event such as happened on Sept. 11th never happens again,” Johnson said.