I visited the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial in November, the subject of my Wednesday column. Lt. Col. Stephen Neil Hyland Jr., a Claremont native, is honored there. Here are photos of the scene. Above is the explanatory display outside the memorial.
Victims’ names are in alphabetical order and their year of birth is noted.
The memorial itself.
Around the perimeter of the memorial, a wall rises from 3 inches to 71 inches, the age range of the victims. Panels show each birth year. 1955 was Hyland’s.
I turned and saw this line of benches. Some years have one, some have many. Benches for Pentagon employees face the building; ones for passengers on American Airlines Flight 77 face away, along the path the plane took, according to Wikipedia.
This is Hyland’s.
Above is another view, Hyland’s bench in the foreground.
On my way out, I noticed this panel. Someone had used ground cover to spell out “Love.”