WASHINGTON, Sept. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc. today announced the kick off of a fundraising campaign for the construction of the Pentagon Memorial Visitors Education Center. The proposed visitor's center will provide education resources and exhibits that will enable the public to better understand the events that transpired on September 11th, 2001. The final site for the visitor's center has not yet been determined but the PMF has already had productive discussions with officials at the Pentagon, Department of Defense, Arlington Country and Virginia Department of Transportation. The Pentagon Memorial was originally dedicated on September 11th, 2008 and is located adjacent to the impact zone where American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the building.
"This is an exciting campaign to kick off and we are fortunate to have support for the visitor and education center from so many officials from local jurisdictions. The goal for everyone involved is to make the experience of visiting the Memorial that much more meaningful," said James J. Laychak, president of the Pentagon Memorial Fund.
The Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc. recently re-launched its website to include teaching materials for teachers and students in an effort to more effectively educate future generations on the importance of September 11th, 2001. The fundraising goal for Phase One of the Visitors Education Center campaign is to raise $3 to $4 million thru 2013 to cover planning and development costs.
Laychak continued, "We are looking at several sites close to the Pentagon Memorial for the Visitors Education Center. With the changes to the Pentagon Reservation, Fort Myer, the Columbia Pike Corridor and local roads it's an exciting time with great opportunities for the Pentagon Memorial Fund. As an organization we are very committed to education and being able to enhance the experience for all who come to visit the Memorial."
About the Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc.:
The Pentagon Memorial Fund, Inc. is a non-profit organization established by the families of the 184 victims of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in Washington, DC. The Memorial Fund's mission is to provide education resources and outreach programs concerning the Pentagon Memorial and the events of September 11, 2001, as well as raising funds to preserve the Memorial for future generations. The Pentagon Memorial is a two acre park adjacent to the Pentagon that provides a place for reflection, remembrance and renewal. For more information about the Pentagon Memorial, please visit www.pentagonmemorial.org.
SOURCE Pentagon Memorial Fund