The 2011 Fallen Heroes of 9/11 Bronze Medals: The Pentagon Medal

Background

Background

The tragic deaths at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and in rural Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001, forever changed our nation. Civilians, officers, emergency workers, members of the military, and employees of federal, state and local government agencies took heroic and noble action on that day.

In recognition of the support of the country for those who lost their lives to terrorism, Congress authorized the production of three Congressional Gold Medals—one for each of the three sites—and corresponding bronze duplicate medals. Each medal bears a unique design.

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Characteristics

The obverse depicts the rebuilt facade of the Pentagon where Flight 77 crashed. The angle of view is the angle of the flight path. A single candle and a small bouquet of flowers and greens signify a sacred memorial at the site. The American flag flies overhead in a united and patriotic embrace.

The reverse features 184 stars on a raised border around the edge of the design, one star for each of the victims of the tragedy.

The design also features a bald eagle standing sentinel and clasping branches of laurel signifying an eternal honoring of those who perished in the tragedies.

Obverse Inscriptions

  • ACT OF CONGRESS 2011

Reverse Inscriptions

  • WE HONOR THOSE ON FLIGHT 77 AND THOSE IN THE PENTAGON WHO PERISHED ON SEPTEMBER 11, 2001. WE WILL NEVER FORGET THEIR SACRIFICE AS WE UNITE IN MEMORY.

Mint and Mint Mark

Artist Information

Obverse Reverse Content last reviewed June 1, 2016

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