This posting originally appeared three years ago. It’s now been 19 years since 11 September 2001.
On the morning of Tuesday, September 11, 2001, Ann Parham arrived early at the Pentagon, like she always did. As Chief of the Army Library Program, she was responsible for establishing policy for Army Libraries around the world. She had been stationed in Korea, Germany and the United States. At fifty-eight, she was at the apex of her 35-year career. Her beige linen dress, purple silk jacket, and low-heeled beige pumps were professional and practical, well suited to her trim athletic build.
Ann’s office was in a newly renovated wedge of the Pentagon, iconic home of the Department of Defense. The five-sided Pentagon was made up of five concentric, separated rings and five floors. The center courtyard was a park-like setting, providing a short cut from one side of the building to the other. Ten corridors intersected the five rings like spokes on a bicycle wheel. From the air, the…
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