WASHINGTON - The
reconstructed section of the Pentagon, scheduled to reopen by Sept.
11, will include a memorial chapel near the point of impact of the
jet commandeered by terrorists, the Army chief of chaplains said
The chapel, the first permanent space at the Pentagon for
meditation and prayer, will display a colored-glass window
memorializing the victims of last fall's attack, said Lt. Col. Eric
Wester, a spokesman for the chaplain's office.
The five-sided window measures five feet from point to point and
includes a logo designed by graphic artists at the Defense
Department. The logo features the head of a bald eagle, the image of
the Pentagon, a flowing U.S. flag, and the words United in
Memory, September 11, 2001.
Window designer Dennis Roberts of IHS Studios in Fredericksburg,
Texas, added crimson squares arranged in two circles to represent
the 184 U.S. civilians and military personnel who died in the
attack. The window contains more than 500 pieces of inch-thick,
faceted glass (called Dalle de Verre), and it is fabricated to
resemble stained glass.
Maj. Gen. Gaylord T. Gunhus, chief of chaplains for the Army,
unveiled the window Thursday at a leadership conference for
chaplains in Hilton Head, S.C.
"Throughout history, art has served as the public expression of
humankind's deepest emotion, thoughts and faith," he said. "Through
creating this stained-glass window, we will express our faith as
well as honor those we remember who were taken from us."
During the three-day conference, more than 400 senior Army
chaplains and their assistants participated in the window's
construction, each one placing a piece of numbered glass in its
Officials said that plans for the chapel are incomplete and that
it is uncertain whether the window will be placed in an exterior
wall or in an interior wall with artificial illumination.