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.