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Ms. Rogers hadn’t planned on attending the 10th anniversary ceremony, but after talking with several people who said they were going, she decided to go as well.

“It’s a good opportunity to get together with friends and acquaintances of that time period,” she said. “It’s kind of like going home.”

Moving on, with respect

The 184 benches of the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial are angled directly toward the spot where Flight 77 hit the building, just below Robert Hogue’s fourth-floor office.

He is straight with strangers who ask about the details of that day.

“The plane hit under the window,” he said. “We ran for our lives. I’m not going to lie about it and I’m not going to hide. But then I’ve got to deal with the ‘What was it like?’ That’s easy to deflect: It was terrible.”

His office was rebuilt with shelves along the south wall that today hold books, photographs and mementos. On the walls hang John William Waterhouse paintings, and in an adjoining meeting room are two enlarged color prints of the Pentagon shortly after the attack.

When the Springfield resident and father of two is sitting at his desk, the organized rows of memorial benches are behind him and that’s also where he would like to keep Sept. 11, 2001.

“It’s time for us to start thinking about getting on with life respectfully of the people who have died, respectfully of the people who are disabled,” he said.

The death this May of Osama bin Laden is another part of that healing process, despite its ugliness, said Mr. Hogue, a counsel for the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

Mr. Hogue warned that a lot of people will never forget Sept. 11, but they have to find ways to not remain “stuck in first gear on Sept. 12.”

Since 2001, Mr. Hogue has coached sports teams for children Ryan and Samantha — now in college. He also has been “that 6-foot-2, 200-pound referee you don’t want to yell at on the basketball court,” he said.

To burn off steam from long days at the Pentagon, Mr. Hogue, 52, goes to the gym or hits the road on his Road King Classic 100th Anniversary Edition Harley-Davidson.

“I think we’re trying to lead normal lives,” he said.

Asked what his plans are for the 10th anniversary, Mr. Hogue said he likely will go to church because Sept. 11 falls on a Sunday. He also will be spending time with his wife, Cheryle, and family.

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