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Brenda C. Gibson

September 8, 2009

In the corner of a quiet maple-tree-lined memorial located near the Pentagon sits the bench commemorating the life of Brenda C. Gibson. The 59-year-old Washington native was a budget analyst for the Department of the Army, working at the Pentagon on Tuesday morning, 11 September 2001. Dedicated to her job, her main focus that day was the annual ritual of closing the books for the coming end of the budget year, a task she had foregone surgery to complete. Clad in her Washington Redskins jersey on game day, she was known to call family members when her ‘Skins scored to sing them the team’s fight song. She loved sports and could recite statistics to shame a sportscaster. Her photo shows a woman with a kindly face and a ready smile, and testimony from her friends and family bears this out. Brenda is described as a caring thoughtful woman, who always placed others’ interests before her own.

Brenda is survived by Joseph, her husband of 35 years; her son Eric and grand-daughter Raven-Symone; and four sisters.

Her memorial bench is located in Row 42, in the northeastern corner of the Pentagon Memorial, just a few yards away from where Flight 77 hit the Pentagon. There is a bench for each of the 184 victims on that fateful day. The memorial was opened by President George W. Bush on 11 September 2008.

Jonathan McComb
Pensacola, Florida

9 Comments leave one →
  1. September 8, 2009 6:30 pm

    Jonathon, Thank you for remembering Brenda Gibson and thank you for taking the time to write a lovely tribute.

  2. September 10, 2009 6:52 pm

    Johnathon, Thank you for this lovely remembrance of Brenda Gibson.

  3. September 10, 2009 9:54 pm

    Thank you for a sensitive tribute to another victim of 9/11.
    Read about Ronald John Hemenway who died at the Pentagon that day:
    here at my blog.

  4. September 11, 2009 3:40 am

    Thank you for a heartfelt tribute to Brenda.

  5. September 11, 2009 3:46 am

    Thank you for your tribute- Brenda will not be forgotten.

  6. September 11, 2009 4:38 am

    Thank you.

    I honor Christopher Paul Slattery.

  7. September 11, 2009 4:59 am

    Thank you for making the effort to see that Brenda Gibson is not forgotten. God Bless you.

  8. September 11, 2009 1:52 pm

    Wonderful tribute.

  9. September 13, 2009 4:40 am

    This is a wonderful tribute. Thanks for never forgetting.

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