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Flagpole finial
Description: This scorched eagle finial from an office flagpole was recovered from the wreckage at the Pentagon.

Context: The Pentagon houses over 23,000 civilian and military employees, and is headquarters for the U.S. Department of Defense. For the collecting curators, this damaged eagle, which once rested atop an office flagpole in the Pentagon, symbolically represents the U.S. military. After the attack the search-and-rescue effort was followed immediately by cleanup and reconstruction. Undaunted by the terrorist assault, some displaced workers were back in their offices less than one year after the attack.

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An unidentified office at the Pentagon that suffered severe fire damage.




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