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House Commends "Phoenix" Crews; Student Quilt Remembers 9-11

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, March 21, 2002 – Congress today commended Pentagon reconstruction crews for their dedicated work in repairing DoD's headquarters following the 9-11 terrorist attack.

Florida Rep. Mark Foley gave a presentation copy of House Resolution 368 to Pentagon Renovation Program Manager Lee Evey in a brief 11 a.m. ceremony. The resolution praises the speed of the "Phoenix Project," which is six weeks ahead of schedule because of near-round-the-clock work shifts.

The House cited the crews effort in demolition work -- the 400,000 square feet of ground that needed to be cleared before reconstruction could begin was ready "in just one month, when it was estimated to take 4 to 7 months."

At 1 p.m. Navy Vice Adm. Ed Giambastiani, senior military assistant to Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, met with a group of fifth-graders from the Maret School in Washington to receive a large hand-made quilt the youngsters made following the 9-11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

He thanked the students on behalf of the Defense Department and discussed their project with them. Maret teacher Kiki Sweigart, who shepherded the project, said each student visitor made a panel for the quilt.

One square was of many different people "because I think people all over the world should have peace," said its young artist.

"That's something we can all agree on," Giambastiani replied.

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Click photo for screen-resolution imageVice Adm. Ed Giambastiani and fifth-grade students of Maret School in Washington group around a hand- made quilt sewn by the youngsters and presented to the Defense Department in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the Pentagon. Photo by Jim Garamone.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imagePentagon Renovation Program Manager Lee Evey holds up House of Representatives Resolution 368, which he had just received from Florida Rep. Mark Foley (left) at a Pentagon ceremony March 21, 2002. The resolution commends construction crews for their excellent, fast reconstruction work. Photo by Gerry Gilmore.  
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Click photo for screen-resolution imageActress Bo Derek visits with Pentagon renovation workers prior to attending the presentation of House Resolution 368, which praises renovation crews for their efforts in quickly repairing damage to the Pentagon from the 9-11 terrorist attack. Derek recently accepted President Bush's request to become chairwoman of special events for the National Rehabilitation Program for Veterans. She will assist in organizing volunteer activities to develop sports events and other activities for America's disabled military veterans. Photo by Gerry Gilmore.  
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