WASHINGTON, Sept. 8, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Pentagon Memorial Fund today announced the formation of the "United States Secretaries of Defense Council," comprised of the former Secretaries of Defense who have all pledged their support for the construction of the 9/11 Pentagon Visitor and Education Center. The facility will be a place where visitors from around the world can learn about the events of September 11, 2001, the lives lost that day, and the historic significance of the Pentagon Memorial site. The former Secretaries of Defense all took part in a recent video production that will be part of the Center's education programs.
"The Pentagon is the only 9/11 attack site without a visitor center or museum to explain the historic significance of what happened on that day. Among the million plus visitors to the Pentagon Memorial each year, few know how different this memorial is from all others in Washington, DC. This is the actual site where the event took place," said James J. Laychak, President of the Pentagon Memorial Fund.
Content for the exhibits and education curricula will be provided through working collaborations and relationships with the George W. Bush Library, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, National Geographic, the Transportation Security Administration, the Federal Air Marshals, the Smithsonian Museum of American History, The Museum of Tolerance - New York, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum, Tribute World Trade Center (WTC) Visitor Center, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, and the Flight 93 Memorial/National Park Service.
Laychak continued, "Knowing that this project has the bipartisan support of the former Secretaries of Defense really gives us tremendous assurances of how important this project is to every American, and for so many around the world. We are actively fundraising for this important initiative and have great success in moving toward our goals for the year and look forward to working with this esteemed group of individuals."
About the Pentagon Memorial Fund:
The Pentagon Memorial Fund 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 for the construction and permanent maintenance of the Pentagon Memorial and Pentagon Visitor Education Center. The Pentagon Memorial is a place for reflection, remembrance and renewal.
For more information about the Pentagon Memorial, please visit www.pentagonmemorial.org.
SOURCE Pentagon Memorial Fund