President Bush today dedicated the Pentagon Memorial as "an everlasting tribute to the 184 souls who perished" when a hijacked jetliner exploded into the western side of the nation's military headquarters, part of the largest terror attack on U.S. soil.
"Seven years ago today, a doomed jet fell from the sky, split the rock and steel of this building and changed our world forever," Bush said. "Here we remember those who died. . . . We dedicate a memorial that will enshrine their memory for all time. . . . We will never forget their sacrifice."
Earlier in the ceremony, eight rescue workers who were among the first responders to the attack stood at somber attention on the Pentagon roof as a bugler played taps. Far below, a bagpiper answered the musical elegy with the wail of "Amazing Grace." As he played, he walked among parallel rows of 184 benches, each veiled by a blue cloth decorated with a small American flag.