Title: Quilt, Memorial, September 11, 2001, Pentagon Terrorist Attack
Accession #: NHHC 2001-123-1
Size: 78 x 97"
Location: Headquarters Artifact Collection, Naval History and Heritage Command
This coverlet quilt was handmade by Dianna Braden Lumpkin who designed and hand-quilted it using squares created by the English Circle Students of the Thomas Jefferson Middle School in Arlington, Virginia to honor the memory of the people whose lives were lost at the Pentagon on September 11, 2001. It was presented to the Pentagon on May 30, 2002.
The quilt consists of various red, white, and blue pieces of cotton fabric sewn together with yellow stars on blue background spread throughout the pattern. The names of those who perished during the Pentagon attack are hand-written in black ink on the white squares. The edges of the quilt have quotes from President George W. Bush’s speech that he made at the National Cathedral on September 14, 2001. Each side has a quote, which reads, “We will read all these names. We will linger over them, and learn their stories and many Americans weep… / These are the names of the men and women who began their day at a desk or in an airport, busy with life… / These are the names of the men and women who wore the uniform of the United States and died at their posts… / Grief and tragedy and hatred are only for a time… Goodness, remembrance and love have no end.”
In 2010, Mrs. Joyce Rumsfeld, the sponsor of the soon to be commissioned USS Arlington (LPD-24) requested the Jefferson Middle School 9/11 quilt be transferred to the US Navy and loaned to this ship. It was transferred to the US Navy in June 2011 and presented to the ship by Mrs. Rumsfeld at the ship’s ceremonial commissioning on 6 April 2013.