Saturday, September 10, 2011

Photos: Pentagon 9/11 Memorial

I biked to the Pentagon Memorial on the day before the tenth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. A decade ago the World Trade Center justifiably got more attention because there were more victims and they were mostly civilians. However, we must not forget the 184 innocent victims working in the Pentagon and on board American Airlines flight 77 on that fateful day.

The memorial features benches engraved with the names of each victim. The benches are aligned by year of birth. Names of the airline passengers who lost their lives are placed so visitors look away from the Pentagon toward the plane's path. Benches engraved with the names of the victims inside the Pentagon are placed so visitors face the south facade of the building where the plane hit.

Here are photos from today's visit.