9/11 attacks: Shocking facts about the Pentagon Memorial!
- Apr 26, 2013, 15:27 PM IST
The unfortunate events that unfolded on 9/11, left many dead. The World Trade Centre was not the only place where tragedy struck.
The Pentagon suffered the same fate which left 184 dead.
We bring to you some unknown facts about it.
Read on to find out.
-Right after the 9/11 attacks, an off the cuff memorial was set up on a hill at the Navy Annex overlooking the Pentagon. This was visited by people who paid respect to the victims.
-On October 11, 2001, a memorial service was held at the Pentagon for the employees and family members. This service was attended by more than 25, 000 people and President Bush spoke on this occasion.
-Inside the Pentagon, at the point of Flight 77’s impact, the America's Heroes Memorial and chapel are located. They were opened in September 2002.
-The memorial consists of 184 memorial units; each unit is dedicated to an individual victim by its unique placement within the landscaped 1.93-acre plot.
-The ‘terrazzo’ finish of each memorial unit rises dramatically from the ground on one end and the other end hovers over a small pool of lighted water in the surrounding gravel field of the park.
-Each bench has a name belonging to one of the victims engraved on it.
-The cantilevered benches are arranged in accordance with the age of the victims, starting from the three-year-old Dana Falkenberg, to the oldest, 71-year-old John D.Yamnicky.
-The benches representing the victims who were inside the Pentagon are arranged in such a way that those reading their names would be facing the Pentagon's south facade, the plane’s point of impact; while the benches dedicated to victims aboard the plane are arranged in a manner by which those reading their engraved names will be facing skyward along the plane’s approach.
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