- The Washington Times - Thursday, June 15, 2006

5:24 p.m.

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld yesterday led a solemn gathering outside the Pentagon marking the ceremonial groundbreaking of a memorial to the 184 persons killed there on September 11, 2001.

“At some time in the future, most of you will return to this sacred ground,” Mr. Rumsfeld told the many friends and family members of those killed in the attack that attended the ceremony on the west side of the Pentagon. “This memorial was meant for you, to offer some comfort. Now you will know that we will never forget.”

The Pentagon Memorial, designed by New York-based architects Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman, will honor those killed inside the building and on American Airlines Flight 77, which hijackers crashed into the building.

It will include 184 illuminated benches arranged according to the victims ages, from 3-year-old Dana Falkenberg to John D. Yamnicky, 71.

Reflecting pools also will be built beneath each bench.

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