The Pentagon, Washington D.C.

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    Pentagon from the new AF Memorial
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    Benches at the memorial
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    Visit the Pentagon

    by tpangelinan Updated Apr 26, 2005

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    The Pentegon

    Go over to Arlington and visit the Pentagon, call the number blow for tour information, times and cost. From Washington, head toward the Tidal Basin and go over the I395 bridge, then follow the signes.

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    The Pentagon & the Pentagon 9/11 Memorial

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Jan 22, 2009

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    The September 11th Memorial inside the Pentagon
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    The Pentagon is the hub of the US Military and home to key offices such as the Secretary of Defense, the Secretaries of each branch of the armed forces, and the generals who run each branch. Beyond these important personnel, about 25,000 others work here everyday, traversing its 17.5 miles of efficient corridors. The Pentagon was opened in 1943.

    Throughout the building, there are many themed halls, exhibits, and monuments such as the Air Force Aircraft Display, Hall of Heroes, Native Americans in Defense, POW/MIA Corridor, and numerous others. One of the newest memorials is the America's Heroes Memorial, a shrine and chapel dedicated to those who died in the 11 September 2001 attacks on the Pentagon. The memorial located on the ground floor at the point of impact.

    The Pentagon Memorial is dedicated to the 184 people killed in the Pentagon and on American Airlines Flight 77 in the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. The memorial grounds cover about two acres and contain 184 benches, one for each victim, arranged in order of the year of birth of each individual. The benches are individually suspended over a small pool of water, and each contains one individual victim's name, and if military the rank and branch of service. The benches pointing away from the Pentagon represent those who died inside the building, while the benches facing inward toward the Pentagon are for those who died aboard the aircraft.

    100,000 visitors tour the Pentagon each year.

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    the pentigon

    by doug48 Written Sep 20, 2007

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    the pentigon

    pictured is the pentigon from the potomac river. the pentigon's construction began in 1941 and was completed in 1943. it is the world's largest office building. the pentigon is the headquarters of the department of defense. on 9/11/2001 the pentigon was the target of a terrorist attack. only open to the public by appointment.

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    Authorized access only!!!

    by amsterdam_vallon Written Oct 21, 2003

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    A side of the Pentagon

    Some interresting facts:

    The Pentagon is virtually a city in itself. Approximately 23,000 employees, both military and civilian, contribute to the planning and execution of the defense of our country. These people arrive daily from Washington, D.C. and its suburbs over approximately 30 miles of access highways, including express bus lanes and one of the newest subway systems in our country. They ride past 200 acres of lawn to park approximately 8,770 cars in 16 parking lots; climb 131 stairways or ride 19 escalators to reach offices that occupy 3,705,793 square feet. While in the building, they tell time by 4,200 clocks, drink from 691 water fountains, utilize 284 rest rooms, consume 4,500 cups of coffee, 1,700 pints of milk and 6,800 soft drinks prepared or served by a restaurant staff of 230 persons and dispensed in 1 dining room, 2 cafeterias, 6 snack bars, and an outdoor snack bar. The restaurant service is a privately run civilian operation under contract to the Pentagon.

    Not a lot to see but hey you can say that you went to the pentagon!!!

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    The Pentagon

    by smschley Written Feb 9, 2005

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    The Pentagon, headquarters of the national defense establishment and the nerve center for command and control, is virtually a city within itself. It is one of the world's largest office buildings occupying 3,705,793 square feet. . It is twice the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York. The National Capitol could fit into any one of the five wedge-shaped sections. The Pentagon presently houses approximately 26,000 military and civilian employees and about 3,000 non-defense support personnel dedicated to protecting our national interests.

    The Pentagon was conceived at the request of Brigadier General Brehon B. Sommervell, Chief of the Construction Division of the Office of the Quartermaster General, on a weekend in mid-July 1941. The purpose was to provide a temporary solution to the War Department’s critical shortage of space. The rapidly expanding War Department envisioned a single structure in which to house all its components, as opposed to constructing multiple temporary structures as was then the practice. Congress, cautious about the size of the expenditure and the enormity of the project, but anxious about events in Europe and the Far East that could require U.S. military intervention, appropriated the funds necessary to construct the War Department’s new home (approximately $83 million) on August 14, 1941. The groundbreaking ceremony took place on September 11, 1941.

    Damaged in the shocking September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks in which a hijacked commercial jet crashed into the building, killing 125 people working at the Pentagon, and 64 more people aboard the plane, the Pentagon building has been restored, but at this writing, it remains closed for general public tours, although Tours of the Pentagon are available to schools, educational organizations and other select groups by reservation. Groups interested in touring the Pentagon should contact the Pentagon Tour Office at 703-697-1776.

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    The pentagon

    by eternel2002 Updated Apr 20, 2006

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    The pentagon building

    The pentagon is the ministery of defense, a big building in shape of pentagon, after the 9/11 events, they added some bridges with security to access to the building. Unfortunatly It's closed for visitors except of you have arrangment with a tour! Be aware; it's forbiden to take pictures!

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    The next day we go to Pentagon.

    by Alphons Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    A map of the Washington metro.

    The next day we go to Pentagon city the mall with very good shops and good restaurants. We where goiing with the metro, a very good system in Washington DC and very clean. Here a map of the metro.

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    The Pentagon in Arlington,...

    by AndreasK Written Sep 7, 2002

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    The Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, is the headquarter of the Department of Defense, and is one of the world's largest office buildings. It is twice the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago (where I worked as a trainee for World Book in the 80s), and has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York. With 23 000 employees the Pentagon is virtually a city in itself. Built during the early years of World War II, it is still thought of as one of the most efficient office buildings in the world. Despite 17.5 miles of corridors it takes only seven minutes to walk between any two points in the building. The original site was nothing more than wasteland, swamps and dumps. On the picture you see the Potomac river and the Washington Monument in the background.

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    visit the Pentagon

    by sargentjeff Written Aug 26, 2002

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    It is now, post 9/11, the worlds largest office building. There are just over 17 miles of corridors in here. It is five rings, all concentric, with adjoining hallways to link each ring. There are five sides. Gee, guess that's why it's not named the triangle.

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    The Pentagon, headquarters of the Department of Defense, is one of the world's largest office buildings. It is twice the size of the Merchandise Mart in Chicago, and has three times the floor space of the Empire State Building in New York. The National Capitol could fit into any one of the five wedge-shaped sections. There are very few people throughout the United States who do not have some knowledge of the Pentagon. Many have followed news stories emanating from the defense establishment housed in this building. However, relatively few people have had the opportunity to visit with us.
    The Pentagon is virtually a city in itself. Approximately 23,000 employees, both military and civilian, contribute to the planning and execution of the defense of our country. These people arrive daily from Washington, D.C. and its suburbs over approximately 30 miles of access highways, including express bus lanes and one of the newest subway systems in our country. They ride past 200 acres of lawn to park approximately 8,770 cars in 16 parking lots; climb 131 stairways or ride 19 escalators to reach offices that occupy 3,705,793 square feet. While in the building, they tell time by 4,200 clocks, drink from 691 water fountains, utilize 284 rest rooms, consume 4,500 cups of coffee, 1,700 pints of milk and 6,800 soft drinks prepared or served by a restaurant staff of 230 persons and dispensed in 1 dining room, 2 cafeterias, 6 snack bars, and an outdoor snack bar. The restaurant service is a privately run civilian operation under contract to the Pentagon.

    Over 200,000 telephone calls are made daily through phones connected by 100,000 miles of telephone cable. The Defense Post Office handles about 1,200,000 pieces of mail monthly. Various libraries support our personnel in research and completion of their work. The Army Library alone provides 300,000 publications and 1,700 periodicals in various languages.

    Stripped of its occupants, furniture and various decorations, the building alone is an extraordinary structure. Built during the early years of World War II, it is still thought of as one of the most efficient office buildings in the world. Despite 17.5 miles of corridors it takes only seven minutes to walk between any two points in the building.

    The original site was nothing more than wasteland, swamps and dumps. 5.5 million cubic yards of earth, and 41,492 concrete piles contributed to the foundation of the building. Additionally, 680,000 tons of sand and gravel, dredged from the nearby Potomac River, were processed into 435,000 cubic yards of concrete and molded into the Pentagon form. The building was constructed in the remarkably short time of 16 months and completed on January 15, 1943 at an approximate cost of $83 million. It consolidated 17 buildings of the War Department and returned its investment within seven years.

    We hope this information will serve to eliminate some of the myths surrounding the Pentagon and give an appreciation of the size of the building.

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    The Pentagon Tour

    by Bostephenson Written Aug 25, 2002

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    You know, I always wondered what it was like inside the Pentagon, but I always assumed that the Department of Defense would not give tours. Well, I was wrong. They do, every weekday from 9am to 3pm. I am going next week to find out what they are like. The each take about 90 minutes, and cover about 1 mile of the Pentagon.

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    9/11 Memorial

    by PinkFloydActuary Written Jul 20, 2013
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    This was my last stop on the first night, and it was a rough one to get there - I ended up turning around because my GPS took me to a secure parking lot, then I made my way over to a mall parking lot, from which I had to walk through a pedestrian tunnel under the interstate in order to get to the far end of the Pentagon lot. By this time of night, I was the only one there, which had me freaked that at any minute, security would be sweeping down on me.

    The fears were unrealized, and as a result I had a little bit of time in this solemn memorial. There are 184 benches to represent all those killed on that fateful day - each bench has a name inscribed on it. It's a powerful sight at night, when they are all lit up. There is also a stone up front under the flag with the names and year of birth of those who were lost.

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    Pentagon Tours - APPOINTMENT ONLY

    by mattreider Written Nov 7, 2005
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    Bak in my younger days, prior to terrorist activity, I took the Pentagon tour. It's just a big office building. If there are secret underground command centers or missile batteries, it's not on the public tour.

    Basically, the tour was a walk around some select portions of the pentagon, with a tour guide who points out the various portraits on the walls and their history, their subject, or their particular point in time. Occasssionally the tour guide also points our a three or four star general who happens to be wandering about.

    Years later I worked in the Pentagon, and let me tell you what it is: an office building. Again, I was underwhelmed as I walked daily to my cubicle built into the upper hallway, toiling away. Now you learn some facts on the tour, like that the concentric pentagon was created to minimize the distance between various offices, and that a lot of people work there, but you can google that kind of stuff now.

    Now, the tours are closed to the public unless an appointment with a school group is made. If you must wander around the now second-largest office building on the East Coast (see; Ronald Reagan Federal Center), you need to make an appointment.

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