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Falkenberg-Whittington family .

Location: Pentagon
Object #: 2005.0019; 2005.0020
Source: Gift of Ruth Falkenberg, in memory of the Falkenberg Family: Charles, Leslie, Zoe and Dana
Gift of Sara Guest, in loving memory of the Whittington-Falkenberg family




Falkenberg-Whittington family photo and cards
Description: Charles, Leslie, Zoe and Dana Falkenberg, who perished on September 11, 2001

Context: Charles was the director of research at ECOlogic Corp., and had been involved with NASA and measuring the effectiveness of the cleanup from the Exxon Valdez oil spill. Leslie was an associate professor at Georgetown University, and had been awarded a research fellowship at the Australian National University in Canberra. On September 11, 2001 the family boarded Los Angeles-bound Flight 77. Yet before long, the first leg of their trip ended tragically when terrorists hijacked their airplane and crashed it into the Pentagon.

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Wedding Day Photo
Charles Falkenberg and Leslie Whittington attended the same high school, but hadnít really known each other until a friend re-connected them later in life. They married in 1984.
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Dana and Zoe Falkenberg
The sisters were ages 3 and 8 when they were killed.
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Family in Disneyland
A family vacation in Disneyland, June, 2001.
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Incredible Kid Letter
A letter by Charles and Leslie, praising Zoe Falkenberg for being an incredible kid.
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Postcard mailed on Sept. 11
Leslie Whittington mailed this postcard to her sister from Dulles Airport, prior to boarding American Airlines Flight 77. The postage was cancelled on Sept 12, 2001.
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Postcard mailed Sept. 11
Leslie Whittington mailed this postcard to her sister from Dulles Airport, prior to boarding American Airlines Flight 77. The postage was cancelled on Sept 12, 2001.
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Falkenberg Family Plot
Cemetery plot in Denver, CO.

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