The Pentagon Memorial, dedicated to the 194 people killed at the Pentagon on Sept. 11th, opened today to families and journalists. Architects Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman sought to evoke individual memories but express a collective whole.
"The families of the 184 people killed at the Pentagon on September 11th got their first look at a memorial that will be dedicated to their loved ones.
It's a simple memorial.
184 benches for 184 victims.
For those from the Pentagon -- they face the Pentagon. For those onboard the plane -- they face the sky.
Tom Heidenberger set off to find the bench that honors his wife Michele -- one of the flight attendants on Flight 77 -- and when he found it, stopped cold.
"It's beautiful," he said.
It's been a long time coming for the families. Seven years of raising money, debating design, pushing for completion."