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Pentagon Memorial Fund Participating in 2011 Tournament of Roses Parade

Press Release - Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc.


The Pentagon Memorial will participate during the 122nd Rose Parade themed “Building Dreams, Friendships & Memories,” on Saturday, January 1, 2011. The Pentagon Memorial was chosen to participate as one example of keeping memories of our fallen heroes alive and honoring the sacrifices that were made on September 11, 2001. Paula Deen was selected as the Grand Marshal of the 2011 Tournament of Roses. As Grand Marshal, Deen will preside over the 122nd Rose Parade presented by Honda and will toss the coin before the 97th Rose Bowl Game on New Year's Day 2011. 

“This is an exciting event to be a part of and I know that all of the families and individuals associated with the Pentagon Memorial are honored and pleased that the Rose Bowl Parade will feature a tribute to the Pentagon Memorial and the lives that were lost that tragic day,” said James J. Laychak, President of the Pentagon Memorial Fund. 

The 122nd Rose Bowl Parade will be broadcast on ABC, Hallmark Channel, HGTV, KTLA (Tribune), NBC, RFD-TV and Univision. The Parade is also seen in more than 200 international territories and countries. The Tournament of Roses Parade, better known as the Rose Parade, is "America's New Year Celebration,” a festival of flower-covered floats, marching bands, equestrians and a college football game on New Year's Day and is produced by the non-profit Pasadena Tournament of Roses Association. 

Laychak continued, “It is important that we keep the promise that we as a nation made back in 2001 and that was to never forget. The Rose Parade is reiterating that promise again this year by including the Pentagon Memorial as part of its theme.” 

The Pentagon 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 during the attacks of September 11th, 2001. The Memorial includes 184 cantilevered benches that represent each victim who lost his or her life that tragic day. The Pentagon Memorial cost $32 million to construct and requires another $10 million to provide a lifetime endowment for maintenance. 

For more information, please call Jerry Mullins at 703.593.1127.