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Pentagon Memorial Fund

pentagon-mf_image-small.jpgWorking closely in partnership with Verizon Foundation and Verizon Thinkfinity Content Partners National Geographic and Smithsonian National Museum of American History‚ the Pentagon Memorial Fund launched the Pentagon Memorial website. The site provides teachers, school groups‚ parents, families and friends with free online resources that teach them about the memorial and its significance in our nation’s history. These online resources cover the history‚ design and construction of the memorial.

Classroom Resources

Visiting the memorial in person is not always an option, so the new website includes a robust virtual tour of the memorial through an interactive three-dimensional (3-D) experience. Supporting interactive and exceptional educational resources is core to Verizon Foundation's mission to leverage technology and our partnerships with leading education organizations like National Geographic to improve teaching and learning.

The Memorial

On September 11, 2001, terrorists crashed Flight 77 into the Pentagon, killing the 59 passengers on board the aircraft and 125 military and civilian personnel who were working inside the Pentagon. Shortly after the attack, the United States Congress authorized the Secretary of Defense to create a permanent memorial on the grounds of the Pentagon.

pmfbench_night-small.jpgThe Pentagon Memorial Park consists of 184 memorial units, each of which are dedicated to an individual victim by its unique placement within the collective field. The field is organized as a timeline of the victims' ages‚ spanning from the youngest, three-year-old Dana Falkenberg‚ to the oldest, 71-year-old John D. Yamnicky. Each memorial unit is located on its respective age line – thin metal strips that cross the memorial park. This ordering develops a powerful understanding of the broad range of the lives lost‚ from the youngest child to the oldest adult.

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