The Pentagon Memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2008 to the 59 passengers in the air and 125 military and civilian employees on the ground killed in the hijacking of American Airlines Flight 77 during the events of September 11, 2001. The memorial is just outside the southwest facade of the Pentagon, the Headquarters of the US Department of Defense, where the hijacked airliner was crashed in an act of terrorism. 184 metal memorial units, each engraved with the name of a victim and cantilevered over small pools of water, are arranged in a representation of the age of each person killed in the attack; each unit is oriented so that a person reading the name of a passenger will be facing away from the building looking to the sky, while a person reading the name of a victim on the ground will be facing the building where the airliner crashed.
- Remember the events of September 11, 2001
- Honor the lives cut short in an act of terrorism
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