Tuesday, March 6, 2012

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial

I wouldn't call The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial an "attraction," but if you are in Washington, D.C, you should find a way to fit this memorial into the things you have scheduled to see.  There is no fee to see it and it is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  On the cold winter morning my son and I visited, we were the only ones there, besides a volunteer who was there to answer questions about the memorial.  
For those who don't know, the Pentagon is outside Washington, D.C., just across the river.  To get there take either the blue or yellow line Metro to Pentagon Station, signs will direct you the 400 or so yards to the memorial.  The memorial is the only area around the Pentagon where photography is allowed, and I didn't test whether this prohibition was enforced either.  

The flight path of the plane that hit the building.  You can tell the repaired section of the building by the slightly different color of limestone used in the reconstruction. 

Eerily, the Pentagon is on the flight path of planes landing at Reagan National a few miles away (note the plane in this picture (above). 

Each bench bears the name of someone who died in either the plane or the building.  Those benches facing out from the building bear the names of those who were in the Pentagon, those facing were those who died on the plane.  


Looking away from the Pentagon in the approaching flight path of the plane that hit the building. 


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