Pentagon's 'Contemplative' Memorial Opens A permanent memorial to the victims of the Sept. 11 attack at the Pentagon was dedicated Thursday morning and opens to the public in the evening. The memorial's designer, Julie Beckman, says the benches, reflecting pools and paper-bark maple trees make it a "contemplative, beautiful place."
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Pentagon's 'Contemplative' Memorial Opens

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Pentagon's 'Contemplative' Memorial Opens

Pentagon's 'Contemplative' Memorial Opens

Pentagon's 'Contemplative' Memorial Opens

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STEVE INSKEEP, host:

A permanent memorial is finished now at the Pentagon, and President Bush will dedicate it today.

RENEE MONTAGNE, host:

It's designers worked near the spot where an American Airlines plane crashed into the building, killing the hijackers and their 184 victims.

Ms. JULIE BECKMAN (Memorial Designer): We were looking for a way to create a very special place that's dedicated to each individual.

MONTAGNE: Julie Beckman is one of the memorial's designers. She gave MORNING EDITION a tour of the memorial park as it neared completion. The site is comprised of 184 benches. Each bench is engraved with the name of one of the victims; each has its own reflecting pool.

Ms. BECKMAN: We were looking for really something that you've never really seen before. It's more than just a park bench and so what makes a contemplative, beautiful place and really came down to a place to sit, the sound of running water, shade and trees and so on.

INSKEEP: The trees that cast shadows across this park are paper bark maple.