Posted on Sat, Mar. 16, 2002

Chapel planned for Pentagon

Washington Post
WASHINGTON - The reconstructed section of the Pentagon, scheduled to reopen by Sept. 11, will include a memorial chapel near the point of impact of the jet commandeered by terrorists, the Army chief of chaplains said recently.

The chapel, the first permanent space at the Pentagon for meditation and prayer, will display a colored-glass window memorializing the victims of last fall's attack, said Lt. Col. Eric Wester, a spokesman for the chaplain's office.

The five-sided window measures five feet from point to point and includes a logo designed by graphic artists at the Defense Department. The logo features the head of a bald eagle, the image of the Pentagon, a flowing U.S. flag, and the words United in Memory, September 11, 2001.

Window designer Dennis Roberts of IHS Studios in Fredericksburg, Texas, added crimson squares arranged in two circles to represent the 184 U.S. civilians and military personnel who died in the attack. The window contains more than 500 pieces of inch-thick, faceted glass (called Dalle de Verre), and it is fabricated to resemble stained glass.

Maj. Gen. Gaylord T. Gunhus, chief of chaplains for the Army, unveiled the window Thursday at a leadership conference for chaplains in Hilton Head, S.C.

"Throughout history, art has served as the public expression of humankind's deepest emotion, thoughts and faith," he said. "Through creating this stained-glass window, we will express our faith as well as honor those we remember who were taken from us."

During the three-day conference, more than 400 senior Army chaplains and their assistants participated in the window's construction, each one placing a piece of numbered glass in its designated spot.

Officials said that plans for the chapel are incomplete and that it is uncertain whether the window will be placed in an exterior wall or in an interior wall with artificial illumination.

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