9/11 Living Memorial | Memorials
In 2003, a large cross-section of corporations, countries and individuals – including family members of the victims, former presidents and first ladies, members of Congress, former military leaders, people from across America and the world – joined together in support of the Pentagon Memorial Fund. With this united effort, the Pentagon Memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2008, the first of the three national 9/11 memorials to be dedicated in this country.
The Pentagon Memorial Park was created on the Pentagon grounds in memory of the 184 lives lost when American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon On September 11, 2001.
The Memorial Park consists of 184 individual memorial units, each dedicated to a victim and inscribed with his or her name, as seen in the rendering above. The unique design for the memorial units features cantilevered benches lit from underneath by a glowing light pool. The units will be organized by the victims' ages, and oriented according to whether they were among the 59 who died aboard Flight 77 or the 125 who lost their lives in the Pentagon.
The design, created by Keith Kaseman and Julie Beckman of New York, was chosen in a worldwide competition that began in June 2002. The Army Corps of Engineers, charged with spearheading the process of selecting a design and building the memorial, established a jury of design professionals, family members and Washington dignitaries (including two former Secretaries of Defense) to review the entries submitted by 1,126 individuals and teams. After a lengthy comment process that included the input of victim’s families, the Kaseman-Beckman design was officially selected. A guiding principle throughout the selection process was the statement of the Family Steering Committee, a volunteer group of family members of the victims: "The memorial should instill the ideas that patriotism is a moral duty, that freedom comes at a price, and that the victims of this attack have paid the ultimate price...We challenge you to create a memorial that translates this terrible tragedy into a place of solace, peace, and healing."
Overhead view of site model with Memorial units lit from underneath
VOICES believes that the designers and planners of the Pentagon Memorial have done just that, and urge you to learn more about supporting the Memorial by visiting the website of the Pentagon Memorial Fund, the non-profit 501(c)(3) organization incorporated in May 2003 to raise the private funds necessary to design, build and maintain the Pentagon Memorial.