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Pentagon Memorial, Arlington

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Pentagon Memorial honors the 184 people who died in the attack on the Pentagon building on September 11, 2001. Each person is honored by an illuminated bench with his or her name set in shallow pools of water. When you read the names of those who perished inside the building, you'll face the spot where the plane hit the Pentagon. Turn toward the sky to read the names of those who were on board. At the memorial, you can dial a number to listen to an audio tour on your phone. The tour is also available online for listening and download. The memorial is the only part of the Pentagon complex where taking photos is allowed. Make Pentagon Memorial part of your personalized Arlington itinerary using our Arlington trip itinerary planner.
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If your trip to America's capital city doesn't include a big budget for accommodations, consider staying on the other side of the Potomac River in the county of Arlington. You’ll find a good selection of both expensive and economical hotels inside Washington, D.C., proper, but staying in Arlington county removes you from the big crowds and allows you to choose from a range of budget-friendly inns and motels. This area also offers extended-stay apartments, many located near the Ballston neighborhood's metro stop.
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  • It is quite nice here. Appreciate the trees and benches. The symbolism for this memorial is beyond me however.  more »
  • This was a very creative memorial and well set up. Doesn't take long to visit, but worth it. Nice place to reflect. We went when the pentagon was closed, so I'm not positive on how parking works - che...  more »
  • Going here brings it all back. A simple yet poignant memorial to the bravery of those on the plane and in the Pentagon.  more »
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  • Impactful memorial. There is a 30-60 minute audio tour on the memorial's official website that is really worthwhile and explains stories and symbolisms in the memorial - highly recommend!
  • Very thoughtful and unique memorial. I love how everyone that was directly affected by this tragic event is represented. The landscape elements are highly complex and beautifully detailed and are overwhelming when you think about the symbolism. It's a little out of the way but as a site specific memorial, it's well worth seeing and paying respect to the brave 184.
  • Great stop in DC :) would hv enjoyed an overhead picture of the site with its unique layout. Layed out on the perimeter of the display with the birth years of the victims. The youngest victim is closest into the memorial and the oldest victim is in the back. All air and land victims are intermingled together. Very quiet place for reflection. The Pentagon bldg is on the east/south side and the hwy and air force memorial is in the background on the opposite side. Air conditioned trailer bathroom is available at the entrance to the memorial. Parking right out front does not say for public use even thou that's where everyone was parked.
  • An appropriate and well done memorial. Be mindful there is no parking in the Pentagon lot for visitors, you can take Metro or get dropped off.
  • Well built memorial to the victims of the crash. Markers are placed in different directions according to if were civilian or government worker. Placed along a line for their birth year.