Photo credit: Michael Hnatov
Accession Number: C.2014.411.2
Dimensions: 1/8 in X 1 ¾ in
Dimensions (Metric): 2.54 cm X 2.54 cm
Credit Line: Gift of C. Forbes, Inc.
Commemorative challenge coin with engraved design elements depicting the Pentagon, a bald eagle, the American flag (enameled in red and blue), a laurel branch, a sunburst, and the words "UNITED IN MEMORY | SEPTEMBER 11, 2001." The back of the coin features an iconic image of the American flag being draped over the Pentagon by first responders.
Chip Forbes, the founder and head of C. Forbes, Inc., designed and produced lapel pins for the “United in Memory” ceremony to be held at the Pentagon one month after 9/11. The pins were designed and distributed at the October 11, 2001, gathering for Pentagon victim family members, survivors, and other attendees. It soon became clear that many who had been unable to attend the ceremony, and individuals with a less direct and immediate connection, also wanted to wear the lapel pin. As a result, Forbes produced additional pins as well as challenge coins and medallions using a similar design.