The Pentagon Memorial commemorates the 184 lives lost in the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The Memorial encompasses 1.93 acres on the western side of the Pentagon Building, adjacent to Route 27 including a park and gateway that spans approximately two acres with 184 memorial units, each dedicated to an individual victim. The memorial units are benches that are each engraved at the end with the individual's name, hovering above a pool of water that glows with light at night. They are organized by a timeline based on the ages of these individuals and placed along age lines parallel with the trajectory of Flight 77, each marking a birth-year, ranging from 1998 to 1930.
The Pentagon Memorial was officially dedicated and open to the public on September 11, 2008. The construction was funded by private donations. Centex Lee LLC built the Pentagon Memorial with the design created by Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman.
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The best way to visit the Memorial during the day is by Metro. The Memorial is accessible from the Pentagon Metro Station. Parking onsite is for AUTHORIZED PERSONNEL ONLY, however, parking is available to Pentagon Memorial visitors at the Hayes Street Parking Lot ONLY on weekdays from 5pm – 7am and all day on Weekends and Holidays. You can also park at the Pentagon City Mall which is just a short walk away. See a map.
Official Website: www.whs.mil/memorialPublic tours are also available of the Pentagon Building. Advance reservations are required. See a Guide to Pentagon Tours and learn about reservations, parking and more.