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Workers Ready Site for Sept. 11 Ceremony

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Sept. 3, 2002 – A field of bleachers is growing alongside the Pentagon as workers assemble seating for 12,000 in advance of a Sept. 11 ceremony.

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Workers build the scaffold for the stage at the site of the Sept. 11 ceremony at the Pentagon. Photo by Jim Garamone.
  

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Brett Eaton, a spokesman for the Pentagon Renovation Office, said the whole area next to where the terrorist-hijacked airliner hit the building Sept. 11, 2001, would be decked and surrounded by bleachers.

Workers from B&K Inc. are building a stage next to the rebuilt section of the building. President Bush and Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld will speak during the ceremony.

Eaton said all the offices on the E-Ring of the Pentagon have been reoccupied. Personnel in those offices will be able to watch the ceremony from them.

Army officials said the flag draped from the roof of the building after the attack will be hung again at the same spot and will serve as a backdrop to the ceremony.

Families of those killed in the attack, survivors and Pentagon workers will attend the ceremony.

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageTwo workers examine blueprints for the stage they are building for the Sept. 11 ceremony at the Pentagon. Photo by Jim Garamone.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageA sea of bleachers rise at the site of the Sept. 11 ceremony at the Pentagon. Around 12,000 people will be able to attend the ceremony. Photo by Jim Garamone.  
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