180th Fighter Wing 9/11 Memorial

180th Fighter Wing 9/11 Memorial

Recently, DGL had the honor and privilege of visiting the 180th Fighter Wing 9/11 Memorial. DGL is proud to have contributed to the design of the memorial and thankful to be given a meaningful tour, showcasing all of the symbolism that had been incorporated into the design.

Senior Master Sgt. Herman Schwebes, U.S. Air Force, 180th Fighter Wing guided the tour of the memorial, explaining how the three sites that were attacked that September morning, were all unified together.

Each year, on September 11, at precisely 8:46 am, representing when the first plane hit the north tower of the World Trade Center, the flag pole at the center of the memorial casts its shadow between the two beams representing the Twin Towers.

"I saw the Towers my entire childhood,” said Senior Master Sgt. Herman Schwebes, “and then, when the Towers fell, that was personal."

180th Fighter Wing 9/11 Memorial

The memorial contains Iron from the World Trade Towers in New York City, concrete pieces of the Pentagon in Washington DC and dirt from the field of honor in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

There are five colored stars honoring the dead. White stars represent civilians, green stars represent the military, red stars represent firefighters, blue represents EMS and dark blue represents police. Each of the nearly 3,000 stars are unique, just as every life is unique.

DGL would like to thank the 180th Fighter Wing for helping to make this tour possible and we are humbled to have been involved in this patriotic project.