9/11 survivor to speak at WR ceremony

wcrenshaw@macon.comSeptember 9, 2011 

WARNER ROBINS -- A survivor of the Sept. 11 attack on the Pentagon will be the featured speaker at a Friday ceremony in which Robins Air Force Base commemorates the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The ceremony will be held at 1 p.m. at the Museum of Aviation Century of Flight Hangar. A piece of the Pentagon recovered from the debris will be on display at the ceremony.

The featured speaker is Army Brig. Gen. Larry Dudney, who fought off smoke inhalation to rescue colleagues in the aftermath of the Pentagon attack. He received the Soldier’s Medal and the Valley Forge Cross of Heroism for his actions.

Lt. Gen. Charles Stenner Jr., Air Force Reserve Command commander, is hosting the ceremony and will talk about the impact of the attacks on the nation.

Also, starting at 9:10 a.m., a Robins fire truck will move the Pentagon artifact.

Base employees are encouraged to line the route as a show of reverence for those who have sacrificed as a result of the attacks.

Jim Miller, chief of the Air Force Reserve Command news division, estimated the artifact weighs about 200 pounds and appears to be part of a window casing. It has scarring from the crash.

The artifact will go on permanent display at the Air Force Reserve Command headquarters on base.

The procession carrying the piece will begin at the Air Force Reserve Command building, proceed down Richard Ray Boulevard, then travel right onto Robins Parkway to 12th Avenue and the museum.

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