On September 11, 2001, a flight of American Airlines crashed into the Twin Towers in DC, shocking the world with such an act of terrorism. Seven years after that, the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial was opened on the site to commemorate those who were martyred on the day of the horrific event.
Keith Kaseman and Julie Beckman designed the Pentagon Memorial. Those two people were chosen from a list of proposed applicants that contained more than a thousand names.
The memorial in Washington DC is open all day. It is extremely large and is rarely very crowded. In case you are used to waking up relatively early, then this is one of the sites, to which you can come for a morning walk in DC. At 09:37 am, the water flow below each bench here is stopped for one minute to commemorate the victims of 9/11.
A trip to the memorial takes 45 minutes or so. You can start your expedition at the granite stone at the entrance that reads “Pentagon Memorial” to pay homage to those who have lost their lives on September 11, 2001. The names of the 9/11 victims are listed on another stone in alphabetical order. You can use their birth years to find their memorial unit in the area.
Memorial units are sorted out by age lines of strips of stainless steel and by the year in which a person was born. On the right side, there is a line of trees to the start of the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial. On the ground there, the date and time are etched. This path is called the “Zero Line”.
Each memorial unit is a bench that is cantilevered, a fixed tribute in a single element that is. Each unit is made of SS steel and is inlaid with granite. Each one has a pool of water, which reflects light in evening onto the cantilevered bench and encircling gravel field. The memorial units are positioned specifically to differentiate people who were in the site from those who were actually in the flight.
The “85 Crape Myrtles” planted around the site is thirty feet tall and provide shade to visitors. The myrtles are arranged that way so that they are not associated with a memorial bench. You can also notice a charred stone at the Pentagon Memorial’s base. This stone was originally excavated from the Pentagon building, then inscribed and reset into the reconstructed structure.