Five-sided commemorative box containing a vial of soil from the Pentagon crash site, presented to victims' families. The box is hand carved with a hinged lid and a laser-etched graphic of the Pentagon and "September 11, 2001" on the top of the box. Inside the box is a small glass vial containing fine gray soil. The vial is sealed with a sticker with an image of a bald eagle, a flag, the Pentagon, and text: "United in Memory | September 11, 2001." This particular box was given to the family of Asia S. Cottom
Born in Silver Spring, Maryland, Asia S. Cottom
lived in Washington, D.C., with her parents and brother. A member of her church’s dance troupe and choir, this sixth grader at Backus Middle School had been chosen to attend a National Geographic Society field trip to California. On September 11, Asia was heading there aboard Flight 77 with her teacher, Sara Clark. She was 11 years old.