Pentagon Sky


Pentagon 9-10-06 03

Originally uploaded by tbridge.

Tonight we entertained our friends in from Kansas City with a lovely dinner at 2 Amys up north of the Cathedral. We wined and dined, desserted and even Limoncello’d in the cozy space, enjoying each others company. Tiff and I bid them farewell and drove back home, over the Key Bridge and onto 110 toward 395.

As we came up on the Pentagon, we caught a view of spotlights heading into the night sky, and as we turned onto 395 South, and right by the Pentagon, there was the northwest wall, coated in blue light, but for one brilliant white spotlight, which highlights an American Flag.

We slowed to a crawl on the ramp, as did all those behind and around us, to marvel at the lights in the sky, and the light on the wall.

Sometimes, memorials are just perfectly fitting.

4 Comments so far

  1. Alicia (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 11:42 am

    Tom, i was driving over the 14th St. Bridge at midnight last night with a friend – we did not see the blue lights, but did get distracted by what appeared to be multiple spotlights pointed to the sky. We assumed it was part of a 9/11 commemorative. Intersting that I’ve seen nothing in the Post about this. Or maybe I just overlooked it.


  2. Don (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 11:50 am

    I was too tired Saturday night to try to get a picture, but the number of spotlights up in the air over the Pentagon is just nuts. My very first thought on seeing them was “So, we’re memorializing the day a plane crashed into this building…. by blasting a dozen high-intensity lights into the sky right next to a major airport’s approach path?”

    An odd action considering that it wasn’t so long ago we were worried about lasers and airliners.


  3. FYI (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 1:15 pm

    “Streaks of light were shining above the Pentagon to honor the victims of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks Sunday night.
    In all, 184 beams of light were shining from the building’s courtyard, illuminating the clouds above the Defense Department, to honor each person who perished when the jetliner struck.”
    http://www.nbc4.com/news/9818426/detail.html


  4. Be_stress-free (unregistered) on September 11th, 2006 @ 2:24 pm

    It was actually really awesome to see coming down GW Parkway. With the rain clouds, it looked quite amazing but eery. Also, not to be to make too much fun at a somewhat sombre event, I did think it looked like the stereotypical “light coming from sky, is it an alien spaceship beaming up the Pentagon”.



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