Shown here are tools used by Tim Johnston to create the stars found on the CIA Memorial Wall. First, the star is traced on the wall using a template. The hammer and chisels are then used to carve the marble out into the star shape. These tools were used from 1992 to 2003.
21 cm x 7 cm x 3 cm (hammer)
23.4 cm x 2 cm x 1.4 cm (chisel)
22.8 cm x 1.4 cm x 1.5 cm (chisel)
23.3 cm x 1.6 cm x 1.3 cm (chisel)
11 cm x 8.5 cm x .1 cm (stencil)
(L x W x H)
The Debrief: Behind the Mission - Memorial Wall
Just inside the main entrance of CIA Headquarters in Langley Virginia, is a white marble wall with a collection of stars etched into the stone. It is the most sacred space on our compound.
Each star memorializes a life lost in the line of duty, a sacrifice to our nation.
The inscription above the stars read “In honor of those members of the Central Intelligence Agency who gave their lives in the service of their country.” The book of honor on display in front of the Memorial Wall, contains the names of CIA officers who died in service. Each is written next to a gold-leaf star.
To protect intelligence sources and methods, some of the names must remain classified even in death. Once a year though, every name, even those unlisted, is read out loud in recognition at CIA’s annual Memorial Ceremony.
CIA officers are administered the Oath of Office in front of the Memorial Wall on their first day. The wall not only reminds these new officers of the inherent risks of our work, but it inspires them to continue to carry CIA’s mission forward in honor of those who came before them.