The Pentagon Memorial commemorates the 184 victims of the September 11, 2001, attack on the Pentagon. Situated on the southwest corner of the Pentagon, it consists of 184 benches, each illuminated at night and with a small pool of water underneath, arranged according to the age of the victims at the time. It was opened on the 7th anniversary of the attack and designed by Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman.
Photos of the Pentagon Memorial
How to Get Here
The Memorial is designed as an outdoor space for reflection and more closely resembles a park than a traditional memorial with a central focal point. The benches are illuminated at night.
You are free to photograph within the Memorial, but the rest of the Pentagon reservation is strictly a no-photography zone. And you’d have to be pretty foolhardy to put that to the test. My advice is to take it seriously–this isn’t just any no-photography zone, after all. But taking photos within the Memorial is fine.
Cameras are allowed, as is flash.
Washington DC Visitor Guides
If you're coming in from out of town, here are some of the most popular guidebooks that can help you make the most of your visit.
- Elise Hartman Ford
- Publisher: FrommerMedia
- Lonely Planet, Karla Zimmerman, Virginia Maxwell, Amy C Balfour
- Publisher: Lonely Planet
- Van Dam Stephan
- Publisher: VanDam, Inc.
- Fodor's Travel Guides
- Fodor's Travel
And here are some interesting options for less traditional guidesbooks if you'd like an emphasis on exploring DC on foot or diving into some of the region's rich history.
- NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
- Barbara Noe Kennedy