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For years, retired Air Force Col. John Leech has had no desire to return to the Pentagon.

Leech narrowly escaped death September 11, 2001, when a hijacked American Airlines jetliner hit the building.

He will attend Thursday's dedication of the Pentagon memorial honoring the 184 people killed in the terror attack.

In an earlier visit to the memorial, Leech left a note for his friend Navy Capt. Jack Punches: "Thanks Jack for serving and dying for our nation."

Leech could barely contain his sadness recently as he watched a Department of Defense videotape showing the burned interior of the area in the building where he was that fateful morning. Read full article »

CNN senior Pentagon correspondent Jamie McIntyre contributed to this story

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