Pentagon capsule sealed with final stone
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A simple bronze box and the memorabilia it holds from the days and weeks after the September 11 attack on the Pentagon was entombed in the building's reconstructed facade on Tuesday as a permanent reminder of the men and women who died.
The box was placed in its permanent spot in the Pentagon during a ceremony placing the last stone into the building. That final stone has "September 11, 2001" carved into it.
The stone itself is a significant part of the reminder placed into the wall. It is an original stone recovered from the burning west section of the Pentagon. It was not cleaned, and remains blackened with the soot from the explosion and fire after the impact of American Airlines Flight 77.
At the ceremony, Deputy Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz said the box "honors those who died here and New York and Pennsylvania.
"Those Americans died because of how they lived as free men and women proud of their country and they died because they were Americans -- because of them we will not only rebuild, we will be better than we were before," he said.
The dedication capsule is much like a time capsule, but there are no plans to open it.
"It is going into the facade of the Pentagon and we don't intend on taking it out in hopes that it will be sealed forever," a Pentagon spokesman said.
The box measures only 7-by-9-by-7.5 inches, but it holds much larger memories.
Among the items in the capsule are two cards handmade by students representing the thousands of cards sent to the Pentagon after the attacks; a book with thousands of names from people across the country thanking members of the military; patches from the Arlington County Fire and Police as well as the Department of Defense Police, representing the emergency workers, and a photo signed by the president depicting Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld and President Bush at the Pentagon shortly after the attack.
Also included are a program from the memorial service at the Pentagon on October 11; a plaque with the names of the 184 killed in the attack; and a patch with the motto "Let's Roll," the slogan borrowed by the Pentagon reconstruction crews.
The president signed a copy of his address to Congress on September 20. Rumsfeld and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Richard Myers, each gave a bronze coin representing their offices.
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