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Saturday, October 18, 2014

2014 Valor Run and the 17th Anniversary of Washington DC's Women in Military Service Memorial

Below are some shots from the end of a 160 mile run to honor the 160 women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan. For more information, go to and

The run ended at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial at Arlington Cemetery.

Today was the 17th anniversary of the Memorial which coincided nicely with the end of the run.

Here's some information in the Memorial from

The Women In Military Service For America Memorial (Women’s Memorial) is the only major national memorial to honor the service of America’s 2.5 million servicewomen, past and present, beginning with the American Revolution.

Our mission is to tell the story of women’s service, collectively and individually. Collectively, through our exhibits, programs and activities, informational materials, audio-visual productions and world-class archive. Individually, through the Register, the computerized interactive database of the nation's servicewomen, past and present.

The Women’s Memorial, located at the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, is a 33,000 sq. ft. Memorial and Education Center. Dedicated on Oct. 18, 1997, the Memorial houses an exhibit gallery chronicling the history of women’s service, a 196-seat theater, Hall of Honor, conference room, gift shop and an outdoor terrace and Court of Valor. The heart of the Memorial is the Register, an interactive database that includes the name, picture, service history and awards and decorations of nearly 245,000 past and present servicewomen, who have taken their rightful place in history for generations to come by registering their service with the Memorial.

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Arlington, Virginia 9/11 Memorial

At Fire Station No. 5 in Crystal City, Virginia, there is a little-known Memorial to the 2001 attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon. Station 5 is the nearest county fire station to the Pentagon. On August 29, 2010, the New York City Fire Department presented the Arlington County, Virginia Fire Department with a steel girder from the ruins of the World Trade Center to commemorate the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. 

The memorial is not marked and only barely noticed passing by on 18th St. A quick stop this morning revealed a steel beam approximately ten feet long with bits of concrete permanently affixed to the numerous bolts protruding from the top.

On side has the stenciled letters ACFD (Arlington County Fire Department), and FDNY (New York City Fire Department), along with '343' to memorialize the 343 FDNY personnel lost in the attack. The other side is again emblazoned with FDNY and '343'. 

One end appears cut while the other bears signs of extreme trauma and distress. The steel is bent and bowed as if blown out with extreme force. I had to wonder where on the WTC this particular beam  was affixed, and where it ended up.