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The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial Arlington

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The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial
Rotary Road
Arlington
VA
22202
Tel: 301 740-3388

Where are we going today?

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial isn't a full family day out in Arlington, Virginia, but it's one that is worth a visit during your time in Arlington.

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is, of course, dedicated to those who lost their lives in the 9/11 attacks back in 2001. It's a chance for kids to visit, to understand more about what happened during this infamous event in USA history.  More suitable for the older kids, its a chance for them to think about history in a new way - and that these events they are reading and learning about in school actually have consequences, and affect real people.

So next time they are in history class, they can have a deeper understanding about what the events were that unfolded.

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial features 184 Memorial Units, one for each of those who lost their lives. They are located on an age line according to the year that they were born. These are stainless steel strips that cross the Memorial, and begin at zero. You can also look up names and birth year on a locator stone within the Memorial Gateway.

The memorial is actually very beautiful, with a lit pool of flowing water beneath memorial benches. There are also beautiful Crape Myrtles that provide shade for those who visit too. 

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial is certainly worth a visit for the kids if you are enjoying a history filled visit to the capitol region.

 

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How much does it cost?

  • AdultsFree
  • ChildrenFree
LAST UPDATED 2016

When can we go?

24 hours a day

365 days a year

I'm Hungry!

There are plenty of places to grab some food in the Arlington area.

Any Top Tips?

They have a 24 minute audio tour where you can hear a narrative of the events. This is available online.

Doing our bit

They are completely dedicated to honoring the lives lost in the 9/11 attacks, and their families.

Need a little extra help?

The memorial has been designed to be handicap accessible. There are heard path surfaces, as well as accessible restrooms. There are five disabled parking spots too.

More information

The restrooms are open from 7am - 10pm daily.

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    There are 184 Granit covered benches here that signify those that were aboard the plane when it went into the Pentagon. This is a very unique Memorial it's very modern and contemporary and the names of all those aboard that plane or on these benches. A word to the wise make sure you park in a designated parking area. Make sure that you do not speed at all the Pentagon police enforce the rules in this parking lot they are some of the finest they are some of the best.

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    Incredibly moving tribute to one of America's tragedies, I found this particular site the most rewarding of all the places we visited during our trip to DC. It's a tough description to write, it's a very somber, quiet place, as it should be. There are benches representing each of the people we lost in this senseless event. I found it a nice place for reflection, and to remember those that we had lost. It is not hard, to encompass an overall sense of sadness while visiting here, while also coming to grips with the evil which lurks about in this world.

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    A rather somber, moving memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives when the plane crashed into the Pentagon on September 11th. Each victim is honored with a tree and a bench next to it with a small reflective pond. The trees are arranged by the age of the victim and depending on the way the bench faces identifies if they were on the plane or in the Pentagon. You can call up a pre-recorded audio tour or just wander around on your own. The site is a little difficult to get to. There's a tunnel to get you there under the main high way, but...Read More

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    Very well thought out design. Each victim of the attack is honored in a subtle and touching fashion. Worth the visit.

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    As a Tour Leader I take students to this beautiful memorial on a regular basis. I emphasize the symbolism throughout the memorial. Everyone really appreciates seeing it firsthand.

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by Michael Davis

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Incredibly moving tribute to one of America's tragedies, I found this particular site the most rewarding of all the places we visited during our trip to DC. It's a tough description to write, it's a very somber, quiet place, as it should be. There are benches representing each of the people we lost in this senseless event. I found it a nice place for reflection, and to remember those that we had lost. It is not hard, to encompass an overall sense of sadness while visiting here, while also coming to grips with the evil which lurks about in this world.

While it's tough to say one "likes" the site of a memorial documenting such a tragic event, I will certainly say it is a proper memorial, one we can be proud of.

by Jason Gruber

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A rather somber, moving memorial dedicated to those who lost their lives when the plane crashed into the Pentagon on September 11th. Each victim is honored with a tree and a bench next to it with a small reflective pond. The trees are arranged by the age of the victim and depending on the way the bench faces identifies if they were on the plane or in the Pentagon. You can call up a pre-recorded audio tour or just wander around on your own. The site is a little difficult to get to. There's a tunnel to get you there under the main high way, but it isn't the most obvious. There weren't any obvious signs in the Pentagon's parking lot directing you there either... But if you can locate it, it is well worth the visit.

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