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DIA memorial dedication ceremony

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

On September 11th 2009, the Defense Intelligence Agency held a dedication ceremony for the DIA memorial designed by Classic Glass, Inc. Family members, DIA members and those involved in the project were invited to attend.


As the audience entered the auditorium they were welcomed by a military string quartet. The ceremony began with an invocation by Chaplain Thomas Webb, USAFF. Opening remarks were given by current director, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess; and retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Thomas R. Wilson, who served as director from July 1999 to July 2002.


‘‘The memorial will stand as a permanent part of this agency in the same way our lost colleagues will remain in our hearts and memories,” Burgess said. ‘‘More than others, this day reminds us of the dangers and threats we face and the importance of our mission in providing the military intelligence required to defend this nation.”


Once Mr. Burgess and Mr. Wilson completed their remarks, the string quartet began playing and the two men stepped out into the courtyard for the unveiling. Outside stood a camera crew projecting the unveiling on a large screen inside the auditorium to the eager audience.


After the unveiling Mr. Burgess and Mr. Wilson came back to auditorium. The camera crew however kept filming projecting images to the audience inside for the remainder of the event.


Daniel E. Hooten then read an essay by James Henry Leigh Hunt titled “During a Time of Trouble” An excerpt from that essay is carved into one of the laminated glass panels. ‘‘Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how can we turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers.”


Classic Glass designer Jacob Robison then approached the podium to explain the symbolism of the structure and the significance of the materials used. “Designing this memorial was more than just a project to me. As a young artist it was a humbling experience to learn about the seven  members who were lost on 9/11, and I wanted to create something that would honor their lives and their sacrifice to our nation. I was but one person on a larger team – many of whom are here today – and it is our hope that the families and friends of the victims will use this memorial to gain strength and reflect on the lives of your loved ones and co-workers.” said Robison

The ceremony ended with Chaplain Thomas Webb giving the closing benediction. He then invited everyone in attendance to step out into the courtyard to view the memorial and take pictures.

DIAceremony1(From left to right) Glass artist – Rudi Waros, Designer – Jacob Robison, CFO – Kent Powell of Class Glass, Inc. stop to take a picture.

Classic Glass designs a memorial for the DIA

Wednesday, September 9th, 2009


Rosa M. Chapa, Sandra N. Foster, Robert J. Hymel, Shelley A. Marshall,
Patricia E. Mickley, Charles E. Sabin and Karl W. Teepe

The DIA memorial was designed and built in remembrance of the seven members of the Defense Intelligence Agency that were victim to the attack on the Pentagon on September 11, 2001.

Rosa M. Chapa, Sandra N. Foster, Robert J. Hymel, Shelley A. Marshall,
Patricia E. Mickley, Charles E. Sabin and Karl W. Teepe
When  approached to design a public art memorial for the DIA’s fallen colleagues of 9/11, Classic Glass designer – Jacob Robison felt that it was important to represent the vision and mission of the DIA community. The men and women here are committed to serving our country and its citizens. They are dedicated to defending our nation and providing its leaders with information that ensures our security. With these goals in mind,  a structure that symbolized our nation’s unity and strength was envisioned – a strength that the individuals we honor  represented in their devotion to their country.

For more than 200 years, the American flag has symbolized our nation’s unity and resolve. It was therefore a natural choice to represent the strength of the DIA community. The shape and functionality of this memorial is representational of a flag unfurled, blowing in the wind.

Seven stainless steel frames are capable of rotating a full 360 degrees. These seven unique units represent the lives of the seven individuals we pay tribute to with this memorial. Their motion is similar to a flag blowing in the wind and is further symbolic of how our lives are forever changing and evolving.


An eighth frame remains stationary, displaying an excerpt from the moving essay titled “During a Time of Trouble” by James Henry Leigh Hunt.

Inside the stainless steel frames are laminated dichroic glass panels. Because of its properties, dichroic glass is able to transmit or reflect light, thus producing a variation of color and opacity. This is further symbolic of change and reflection. To emphasize a sense of motion we carved areas of the glass to replicate a flag unfurled. The rotating glass panels are also adorned with seven textured stripes – like the stripes on the American flag. The laminated glass panels are most radiant late in the day as the sun sets allowing the transmitted light to pass through the panels. This is another subtle reminder of the seven lives lost.


As you look at the structure, the Pentagon can be seen behind it across the Potomac River. At the base of the structure lies a polished piece of limestone taken from the Pentagon debris, and the names of the seven victims are carved into the stone. The use of the building material serves as a stark but beautiful tribute to the loss of colleagues, friends and family.

The Defense Intelligence Agency will hold a dedication ceremony at Bolling Air Force Base on Friday September 11th 2009.