PART ONE: Pentagon Memorial designers Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman describe their journey and their inspiration to enter the Memorial design competition.
PART TWO: Pentagon Memorial designers Julie Beckman and Keith Kaseman explain the elements of the park, which will be unveiled Sept. 11, 2008.
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Kaseman and Beckman were a young couple barely out of graduate school in 2002 when they made the rough sketches of what would become the nation's first major September 11th memorial.
The love story of Donna Teepe and Ben Salamone is not wrapped in golden bows or ringed with little red hearts. There were no smoldering glances or torrid weekend trysts. Theirs has been a cautious courtship and an imperfect embrace, formed from the ruin and wreckage of Sept. 11.
How will a place encircled by barricades and elaborate security systems, where photography has long been restricted, greet the camera-wielding public 24 hours a day, 7 days a week?
The Pentagon Memorial is to be dedicated Sept. 11, 2008, on the seventh anniversary of the terrorist attacks. Family members of victims gathered at the site, dabbing tears and snapping pictures as they toured the memorial park.
Six and a half years after the Sept. 11 attacks, the memorial benches for the youngest victim and her sister were forged side-by-side in the foundry in Pevely, Mo.
The cantilevered benches arriving at Bucthel will be the memorial's central feature. Each requires nearly 100 hours of grinding, welding and polishing.
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History | A day after the 9/11 attacks a makeshift memorial was created on the Arlington Memorial Cemetery fence. Seven years later, the first 9/11 memorial is opening. Learn More »
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