Pentagon Memorial to 9-11

From the website for the Pentagon Memorial

The Pentagon Memorial design was developed by Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman. Their vision for the memorial was selected from more than 1,100 submissions by a panel of architects, family members and public figures in the Washington, D.C. area, including two former secretaries of defense.

The Pentagon Memorial captures a specific moment in time – 9:37 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001, when 184 souls were lost. The $22 million memorial sits on two acres of land right outside where the jetliner struck the building.

There are 184 memorial benches dedicated to each of the victims, and they’re organized in a timeline of their ages, from the youngest victim, 3-year-old Dana Falkenberg, to the oldest, 71-year-old John Yamnicky.

The site includes the pictures and a brief biography of the people who were killed that day. Merian Serva, who was mentioned in Ann Parham’s Escape from the Pentagon, has this information.

Marian was a congressional affairs contact officer for the Army. She had worked at the Pentagon for 15 years. She met her high school sweetheart in Greenville, North Carolina, and later eloped. He enlisted in the Army, and they traveled the world, raising their daughter. She indulged her love of all things outdoors, including growing tomatoes, flowers and exotic shrubs at their Stafford County home.

Marian Serva

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