As could be expected, what became known simply as "9/11" was the talk of the lab. Everyone was concerned and worried. We probably all remember all the members of Congress--liberal and conservative alike--joining in an unprecedented show of patriotism, singing "God bless America" on the capitol steps. A similar upwelling of patriotism swept across JPL, usually a bastion of godless evolutionism and political correctness. The lab opened the prestigious Van Karman Auditorium for "meditation" all day, projecting the names of the victims on the screen to the music of Barber's Adagio for Strings. Within a few days, the JPL choir put on an outdoor program of patriotic songs, including God Bless America and the Battle Hymn of the Republic, attended by many on lab.
All the while, to this day, the only flag flying high over the JPL Administration Building is a huge American flag.