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New Audio Tour now Available for Pentagon Memorial Visitors

Press Release - Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc.

March 23, 2011 (Washington, DC) –The Pentagon Memorial Fund (PMF) has announced that an audio tour will be available to Pentagon Memorial visitors beginning March 23, 2011.  The PMF worked closely with the Pentagon and victims’ family members to produce the audio tour, which provides visitors with information about the Pentagon Memorial and the events that transpired on September 11, 2001. The audio tour is approximately 24 minutes long. The public will be able to access the tour by calling (202) 741-1004 and eventually downloading a file from the PMF website that will be accessible on iPods, Smartphones and other intelligent device platforms. 

“This Memorial was built with the intent of offering the public a place to think and learn about the events that occurred on September 11, 2001; they are events that have changed all of our lives,” said PMF President James J. Laychak, who lost his brother David Laychak in the attack on the Pentagon. “The audio tour is just one more tool that we can offer the public to encourage them to learn about the historic significance of events that transpired here at the Pentagon and to ensure the sacrifices made that day are never forgotten. The Pentagon Memorial is the only national memorial in the Washington DC area that is located at the historic site where the tragic event actually took place”

The first national 9/11 memorial to be completed, the Pentagon Memorial was dedicated on September 11, 2008. The Memorial was built on a 1.9 acre parcel of land adjacent to the Pentagon and within view of the impact zone where American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the building. The Memorial includes 184 cantilevered benches that represent each victim who lost their life that day at the Pentagon.

Laychak continued, “The audio tour offers information about the Memorial and its design, the events on September 11, and basic information about the Pentagon.. Having walked the Memorial park with my family and the general public dozens of times, I found the same questions kept coming up; the audio tour answers those questions. We think the tour will add a lot to the visitor’s experience.”