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Immediate Release

Pentagon Memorial to Close for Repairs

The National 9-11 Pentagon Memorial will close beginning Sept. 16, 2019, for lighting repairs and construction.  The Pentagon Memorial will remain closed until construction is completed in late May 2020.

This project will address re-occurring failures of the lighting systems in the pools under the memorial benches from water seeping into the fixtures.  This project will also replace the entire electrical system at the Pentagon Memorial, including all of the bench lighting, as well as the entire electrical conduit that feeds power to the light fixtures.  The projected completion date is May 29, 2020.

The closure will be initiated in two phases:

  • The memorial bench area will close on or about Sept. 16, 2019, and remain closed until the completion of construction.
  • The Memorial Gateway entrance at the Pentagon Memorial will remain open to the public until Nov. 16, 2019, and then will be closed until the completion of construction.

The Pentagon Chapel, including the 9-11 memorial inside the chapel, will not be affected by this project.

We are aware of the impact that this closure will have on family members and visitors to the Pentagon Memorial.  Every effort has been made to develop a construction plan that will enable the work to be completed in a quick and efficient manner, reducing site closure time.  Once completed, the new lighting system will enhance the beauty of the Pentagon Memorial and the visitor experience at the site. 

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