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Statystyka skrzynki
Sacred Ground - OU00DE

 Pentagon Memorial

Hidden by  rob3k

N 38° 52.175' W 77° 03.570' (WGS84)

 Coordinates in Other Systems
 Location: United States > Virginia
 Cache Type: Virtual
 Size: No container
 Status: Ready for Search
 Date Hidden: 29 September 2010
 Date Created: 29 September 2010
 Last Modified: 01 October 2010
 Waypoint: OU00DE


{{found}} 3 x Found
{{not_found}} 0 x Did Not Find
{{comment}} 1 Comments
0 Notes
1 Watchers
4237 Visitors
3 x Rated
Rated as: Excellent
{{recommendation}} 2 Recommendations
GeoKrety History

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Cache Attributes

Kid Friendly Wheelchair Access Available in Winter Listed on OCNA Only 

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Description   EN   

The Pentagon Memorial, located just southwest of The Pentagon in Arlington County, Virginia, is a permanent outdoor memorial to the 184 victims killed in the building and on American Airlines Flight 77 in the September 11, 2001 attacks.

184 illuminated benches have been arranged according to the victim's ages, from 3 to 71, in a landscaped 1.93-acre plot. Each bench is engraved with the name of a victim. The benches representing the victims that were inside the Pentagon are arranged so those reading the names will face the Pentagon's south facade, where the plane hit; benches dedicated to victims aboard the plane are arranged so that those reading the engraved name will be facing skyward along the path the plane traveled.

Pentagon Memorial Victim Bench

The coordinates will bring you to a sign at the entrance of the memorial.  Logging this cache requires a codeword found by taking the first letter of each line of the first paragraph of the leftmost section of this sign.  For example, if the sign had a first paragraph of:


This monument is
dedicated to the victims
of the attack on
September 11, 2001


You would use TDOS as the codeword. The codeword is entered in all caps.


In addition, in order to log a find, you need to have physically visited this cache's location. In other words, please no armchair logging.


The Memorial is free and open to the public seven days a week and 24 hours a day. Groups and individuals are welcome in the Memorial each day but guided tours are not offered; the Memorial is meant to be experienced on a more personal level. See the offiicial website for directions and parking information.

Additional Hints   Decrypt

Lbh jnag gur sebag bs gur 2aq fvta.



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Log Entries    {{found}} 3x {{not_found}} 0x {{comment}} 1x      New Log Entry

1 15 December 2013 Recommendation sfcchaz Found it

I spent the day in and around DC geocaching. My main goal was to locate a few caches in a couple of the alternate games. I walked over 10 miles and grabbed 11 caches in 3 different games today. This was one of three in the OCUS game I got along the way.

This was a very nicely placed cache. This was my first visit to this memorial. I spent some time looking around and will have to research what I found. I'm going to give this one a recommendation. Thanks for showing this to me. TNLN TFTC

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1 14 November 2012 DePhogration Found it

I found this way before I registerd on the site.  Took lots of pictures.  So code word was easy.  Also did some High Dynamic Range work.  Very moving memorial.
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3 15 July 2012 DudleyGrunt Comment

Spending my "cached" Recommendations.  

I can not believe I'm the only one to have logged this cache!  

1 12 December 2010 Recommendation DudleyGrunt Found it

2423.  OK, I've given everyone over 10 weeks to claim the FTF on this one, so i figured it was up for grabs. 

My last of 4 OCUS finds today.  I had a bit of trouble figuring out when I could park.  I thought I was going to get some unsolicited help from the Pentagon Security, after my second loop around.  There weren't many cars in the lot, so I ended up pulling into a spot near the memorial and waving down a security vehicle to ask.  I was hoping, they'd say, "Just park there, it's Saturday."  But, no.  The told me to get myself over to the other side of 395, even with my DoD decal.  On my hike back to the car, there was another security guard talking to some (wife / girlfriend?) and a car pulled alongside.  I could hear them ask and be told to just park there.  Sigh...

If you have a handicapped permit, there are about 5 or so spots right near the memorial, though.

I've been wanting to come by here for some time.  It was very moving.  Obviously, I will always remember where I was that morning and the details of  that day.  I walked around the entire memorial, but particularly noted the four people who were born the same year as myself.

Thanks!  I'll definitely be back.

(I forgot to rate the cache and wanted to redo my log, so I could.)