National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial renovations complete

The National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial has reopened after being repaired.

The Memorial closed for renovations on September 9, 2019. Originally it was due to reopen in May of 2020, but COVID-19 restrictions prevented that, reports Terri Moon Cronk of DOD News.

Repairs were needed to the pools under each memorial bench, as they leaked into the lighting system. An entirely new electrical system has been installed.

Each of the 184 people killed when terrorists flew American Flight 77 into the Pentagon twenty years ago is honored on the memorial with a  cantilevered steel and granite bench engraved with their name. Each bench stands over a lighted pool of flowing water, and all benches are arranged by the age of the victim — who ranged in age from 71-year old Navy veteran John D. Yamnicky to 3-year-old Dana Falkenberg. Both were passengers aboard Flight 77.

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