A National Symbol Attacked, a National Effort Begun.
When American Airlines Flight 77 was deliberately crashed into the Pentagon during the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States, killing 125 people, damage to the building was extensive. So was the damage to the pride and spirit of the entire country.
In searching for ways to respond to these malicious attacks, John and Kimberly Francis, owners of Northern Virginia Roofing in nearby Falls Church, VA, decided to do what Americans have always done when faced with adversity: rebuild, and emerge stronger than before.
As professional roofers, John and Kimberly knew they had an opportunity to contribute to the rebuilding process directly. The Francis family and their Northern Virginia Roofing team proposed to restore the damaged section of Pentagon roof as a gift to the country. Rallying their fellow roofing professionals through the National Roofing Contractors Association, they brought their proposal to Pentagon officials, who quickly accepted.
What began as an instinctive response from the owners of a small business grew into a nationwide outpouring of support.