Breaking Ground for Sept. 11 Pentagon Memorial

A close-up daytime rendering of what the Pentagon memorial will look like. i i

hide captionA rendering shows what the Pentagon Memorial would look like in the daytime. Stainless steel benches, shaded by paper bark maple trees, will line a gravel path along the route taken by American Airlines flight 77 on Sept. 11, 2001.

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A close-up daytime rendering of what the Pentagon memorial will look like.

A rendering shows what the Pentagon Memorial would look like in the daytime. Stainless steel benches, shaded by paper bark maple trees, will line a gravel path along the route taken by American Airlines flight 77 on Sept. 11, 2001.

Courtesy Pentagon Memorial Fund

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Ground will be broken at the Pentagon on Thursday for a memorial to the 184 victims who died there on Sept. 11, 2001.

The ceremony is a milestone in a project that began months after the terrorist attacks, when the victims' families held a design competition for the memorial. The winning entry calls for 184 steel benches — one for each victim — arranged along the path American Airlines Flight 77 took before smashing into the Pentagon.

The path will run between rows of memorial benches shaded by paper bark maples. The benches will hang above pools of water and look as if they're floating. Each bench will bear a victim's name. They'll be lined up according to the victims' ages, which ranged from 3 to 71.

The memorial is scheduled to be finished in the fall of 2008.

wide-angle rendering of the Memorial during day, Pentagon in background

hide captionAn artist's wide-angle rendering of what the Memorial will look like during the day, with the Pentagon in the background.

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A close-up rendering of what the Memorial's benches will look light at night

hide captionA close-up rendering of what the Memorial's benches will look like at night, with the Pentagon in the background.

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An overhead view of the model for the Memorial shows  the benches lit from beneath at night.

hide captionAn overhead view of the model for the Memorial shows how the benches will appear when they are lit up from underneath at night.

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