Highlights of PENTAGON MEMORIAL, concept submitted, 11 Sep 2002:
1. Historic significance, resolution and spirit of a nation
2. Sacrifices of our fallen heroes, families and fellow service members
3. Fight for freedom, human rights, democracy, and peace around the globe
PENTAGON MEMORIAL PARK integrates a full scope approach of that infamous day, the tragedies at this site and throughout the nation. The overall concept begins with traditional symbols of freedom, commerce and the United States military. All were attacked September 11.
In a fitting tribute, we incorporate the image of the World Trade Center “Sphere,” crafted by Fritz Koenig; symbolizing peace, free market and “Global Reach.” The 27-foot black granite globe is punctuated with nearly 3000 pins, signifying the families and hometowns of our fallen comrades. Red elevated pins for Pentagon victims, white for WTC and blue for Flight 93.
The memorial fountain, offset below the Sphere, is then shaped into a powerful 5-sided, golden image to honor those killed in Washington. The area is graded so the visitor initially sees a globe resting on the landscape; but on closer inspection, the ground opens up in the direction of the flight path and reveals a tranquil courtyard, cascading fountain, and names of those honored.
Etched on the fountain basin is Flight-77’s route; scored with a chronology of tragedy:
0745 (Eastern Time Zone), Flight 11 & 175 takeoff from Boston Logan
0800 Flight 93 departs Newark
0810 Flight 77 Lifts off from Washington Dulles
0846 Flight 175 strikes 1WTC, North Tower
0903 Second plane, Flight 11 flies into 2WTC, South Tower
0929 President Bush addresses the Nation from Sarasota, Florida
0937 Flight 77 impacts Pentagon
0943 President boards Air Force One
0949 FAA shuts down departures nationwide
0959 2WTC, South Tower, collapsed
1020 Flight 93 Passengers overpower terrorists; crash 80mi SE of Pittsburgh
1029 1WTC, North Tower implodes