- The Washington Times - Monday, September 15, 2008

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Sept. 11 marked the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country and witnessed the dedication of the Pentagon Memorial, which you covered extensively.

One important and critical piece of the story was overlooked: how the memorial came to be completed. Were it not for the total cooperation of all parties (Department of Defense, families, contractors and many state and federal regulators, etc.) this project never would have seen the light of day. Each of us set aside our personal interests and agendas and focused on the task at hand: doing the right thing. This same spirit is what carried America through two world wars, a civil war and a war for independence. It is a spirit that is seen today in the faces of the brave young men and women who defend us in the war on terror.

The memorial was never a race to be first. As a family member, I can say this “can do” attitude and cooperation was our good fortune. Now America has a place to go not so much to remember the ugliness of that day but to renew the spirit and to honor the 184 victims at the Pentagon and the 3,000 innocent Americans who made the ultimate sacrifice.

THOMAS P. HEIDENBERGER

Chevy Chase

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