Memorial Chapel Art Glass Window
Pentagon Memorial Chapel Window is unique in its creation and symbolism.
In November 2001, the Army Chaplains Office contacted IHS Studios
to design and craft a memorial window for their new interfaith chapel.
Studios team of artisans donated their time and expertise to design,
provide materials and cut the intricate pieces of glass. The window
design form and the pieces of glass were then shipped to the Army
Chaplains Corps' Senior Leadership Training Conference. Some of
the very same chaplains who ministered to the injured and grieving
after the Pentagon attack assembled the symbolic window by hand.
It was presented to the Chief of Army Chaplains Major General Gaylord
Gunhus on Thursday, March 7th, 2002.
window will be placed in the Pentagon's new Memorial Chapel adorning
the newly reconstructed side of the building that was destroyed
on September 11, 2001.
The pentagon shaped window links together the five military branches
that guard the Nation. The American Bald Eagle is in a vigilant
stance, symbolizing the past and present generations of those who
defend our country. The flag is displayed upon alternating rays
of green and gold, which portray the dark trials and bright triumphs
in our history. The Pentagon building represents the undefeated
bulwark at the heart of our defenses and the more than 23,000 men
and women who contribute to the planning and execution of the defense
of our country. The olive branch reveals the national character:
always desirous of peace while ever prepared to defend freedom.
The two crimson rings total 184 individual pieces of glass, which
recall the loss of military and civilian lives.
inscription "United In Memory," in glowing amber, remind
all that the Nation is One in recognizing the sacrifices of those
who died in service to the Republic. The date of September 11, 2001
speaks that our national resolve is unwavering in memory and in
commitment over the forces of evil.