The Pentagon

The Pentagon is the headquarters of the United States Department of Defense, located in Arlington County, Virginia. As a symbol of the U.S. military, “the Pentagon” is often used metonymically to refer to the Department of Defense rather than the building itself.

Designed by the American architect George Bergstrom (1876–1955), and built by Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, general contractor John McShain, the building was dedicated on January 15, 1943, after ground was broken for construction on September 11, 1941. General Brehon Somervell provided the major motive power behind the project; Colonel Leslie Groves was responsible for overseeing the project for the Army.

The Pentagon is the world’s largest office building by floor area, with about 6,500,000 sq ft (604,000 m2), of which 3,700,000 sq ft (344,000 m2) are used as offices. Approximately 23,000 military and civilian employees and about 3,000 non-defense support personnel work in the Pentagon. It has five sides, five floors above ground, two basement levels, and five ring corridors per floor with a total of 17.5 mi (28.2 km) of corridors. The Pentagon includes a five-acre (20,000 m2) central plaza, which is shaped like a pentagon and informally known as “ground zero”, a nickname originating during the Cold War and based on the presumption that the Soviet Union would target one or more nuclear missiles at this central location in the outbreak of a nuclear war.

On September 11, 2001, exactly 60 years after the building’s groundbreaking, hijacked American Airlines Flight 77 was crashed into the western side of the Pentagon, killing 189 people, including five hijackers, 59 others aboard the plane, and 125 working in the building.


37 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Kim
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 18:36:41

    Within 30 minutes of two planes hitting the World Trade Center twin towers, American Airlines Flight 77 departed Dulles International Airport bound for Los Angeles. The Boeing 757 was hijacked and crashed, loaded with 10,000 gallons of fuel, at 345 mph into the west side of the Pentagon. The five-story Pentagon is made up of five pentagonal structures arranged in concentric rings. These rings surround a five-acre open courtyard and are connected by 10 spike-like corridors. The plane took out light poles in the parking lot, hit the ground just outside the outermost ring of the Pentagon, turned up on its wing, and penetrated the E ring (outermost) midway between corridors 4 and 5 as shown below. It then traveled through the D ring and into the C ring.


  2. Sherry
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 19:01:25

    Wow. I bet the it was intentional to use 9/11 as the date of tragedy because of the anniversary of the Pentagon groundbreaking. Were these terrorists thinking there would be a large crowd at the pentagon celebrating its anniversary? IDK…


    • Louise
      Sep 09, 2011 @ 12:06:49

      Sherry; In my opinion they chose 9 1 1 because of its’ world wide useage for EMERGENCY, come ASAP. Everyone in the world knows that significant acronym and it is forever implanted in the minds of anyone who has/had, to use it.
      I could be wrong but I have always thought that’s why they chose that particular date.


  3. Kim
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 19:26:37

    Ok, I made it back!!


    • Louise
      Sep 09, 2011 @ 12:17:56

      Yes true, but in America it’s 9 1 1. That’s what they cared about, hurting the most. Canada is 9 1 1 as well.


      • Kim
        Sep 09, 2011 @ 12:22:06

        There has been a great deal of speculation about this. Many believe
        that the date may have been chosen because September 11 was a very
        important date in Islamic history. The Ottomans (Muslim Turks)
        suffered defeat in the Battle of Zenta on September 11, 1697. Prince
        Eugene of Savoy and his troops killed 20,000 Ottomans, seized the
        Ottoman treasury (with its artillery and provisions) and took captive
        ten of the Sultan’s wives. After the battle, the treaty of Karlowitz
        was signed, in which the Ottomans ceded Croatia, Hungary,
        Transylvania, and Slavonia to Austria.

      • Kim
        Sep 09, 2011 @ 12:22:25

        “The last effort they [Muslims] made to destroy Christendom was
        contemporary with the end of the reign of Charles II in England and of
        his brother James and of the usurper William III. It failed during the
        last years of the seventeenth century, only just over two hundred
        years ago. Vienna, as we saw, was almost taken and only saved by the
        Christian army under the command of the King of Poland on a date that
        ought to be among the most famous in history-_September 11, 1683. But
        the peril remained, Islam was still immensely powerful within a few
        marches of Austria and it was not until the great victory of Prince
        Eugene at Zenta in 1697 and the capture of Belgrade that the tide
        really turned_and by that time we were at the end of the seventeenth

        From “The Great and Enduring Heresy of Mohammed,” by Hilaire Belloc
        (written in 1936).

      • Kim
        Sep 09, 2011 @ 12:23:39

        Yet another historically significant occurrence of this date is
        related to the Battle of Vienna:

        “I’ve also frequently heard it suggested that the timing of the recent
        attacks was linked somehow to the signing of the Camp David agreement
        in September 1978. I thought this sounded a plausible reason for the
        death-squads circling that date in their diaries – until I discovered
        that the agreement was in fact signed on September 17. Fanatics don’t
        make mistakes like that.

        I now think I can provide a more persuasive explanation, however. It
        was on September 11 1683 that the conquering armies of Islam were met,
        held, and thrown back at the gates of Vienna.

        Now this, of course, is not a date that has only obscure or sectarian
        significance. It can rightly, if tritely, be called a hinge-event in
        human history. The Ottoman empire never recovered from the defeat;
        from then on it was more likely that Christian or western powers would
        dominate the Muslim world than the other way around… in the Islamic
        world, and especially among the extremists, it is remembered as a
        humiliation in itself and a prelude to later ones.”

        Guardian Unlimited: Why the suicide killers chose September 11,4273,4269059,00.html

      • Kim
        Sep 09, 2011 @ 12:25:04

        Another interesting theory is that the terrorists chose that date
        because of the date’s significance to Palestine:

        “The Oaths of office for the High Commissioner and Commander in Chief
        for Palestine were administered at Jerusalem on September 11, 1922. So
        that is 9-11-22 when the British Mandate for Palestine was officially
        begun with the swearing in oath.

        In the video, bin Laden said this:

        When the sword reached America after 80 years…

        1922 to 2001 is 79 years, but perhaps that is the 80 years he refers to.”

        Free Republic: Why 911 – September 11 1922 British mandate of Palestine begins

  4. Kim
    Sep 08, 2011 @ 19:27:50

    There have been many theories as to why they used that date – we may never know


  5. Kim
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 07:50:23

    Sept. 11, 2001, marked the beginning of the war against terrorism. But it also brought to a tragic end a multitude of lives.


  6. Kim
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 10:34:16

    That is a fantastic motto!!

    Scares me to think Janet Napolitano is in charge of finding them and then Eric Holder to prosecute – of course, he never will


  7. Kim
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 10:41:08

    I swiped your motto


  8. Louise
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 12:15:08

    This pretty much illustrates the enormity of loss.


  9. Kim
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 12:29:00


  10. Kim
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 12:56:51


  11. Louise
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 13:45:13

    Kim; If you go here and read the article that Marinade Dave put on his website, you can also view a number of short clips about conspiracy. However the one video I was really taken with was the one about Q33 N.Y. It’s really amazing.


  12. Kim
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 13:49:12

    Thanks, Louise but your dear friend banned me from his blog well over a year ago


    • Louise
      Sep 09, 2011 @ 13:59:22

      Hey, Dave banned me way back when as well. But he does forgive and forget his posters, unless they decide to invade his privacy. I just happen to like reading his posts. They are very entertaining. When he gets emotional about something, he sometimes looses his cool. We have all been guilty of that……


  13. Louise
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 13:57:24

    This is something I found due to one of the vinettes posed after you view the video. I couldn’t find it when I went back but here is basically an explanation or hoax, if you will on the symbollism of 9 1 1.


  14. Kim
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 14:01:39

    While the planning of these attacks may have been complex the actual execution was simple. I don’t have much faith in any of the conspiracies floating around since it happened.

    I know who attacked us – islam – and it was not the first time

    I know why islam attacked us – they hate

    pure and simple

    they hate


  15. Louise
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 14:38:08

    How can he if he doesn’t know how you feel?


  16. Kim
    Sep 09, 2011 @ 14:47:24

    How I feel about what?

    Him banning me? I don’t care that he banned me. I told him how I personally felt about something he was doing and next I knew I was banned. I have no interest in him or what he writes and as I said, when he apologizes I may consider reading there again.


  17. Kim
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 10:25:09


    • Sherry
      Sep 10, 2011 @ 11:07:23

      OK. Now I’m bawling!
      I did fine until the picture of the soldier giving the little boy an American flag at, I assume, his father’s funeral. The soldier wasn’t crying while the little guy was trying to be brave, holding back his tears. I thought, how does this soldier keep his composure in light of giving this flag to the little guy?

      It takes a special breed of person to be a soldier serving our country. God bless them all!


      • Kim
        Sep 10, 2011 @ 11:24:55

        I can almost hear him saying – “you are the man in the family now, son – stand strong”

        It rips my heart out every time I see it.

        My son was in the Corps

  18. Kim
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 10:44:01


    • Sherry
      Sep 10, 2011 @ 10:56:17

      Oooo…I like! Bloomberg’s an idiot! Has he forgotten that the whole Congress sang “God Bless America” on the day of the attack? Had he had his way he would not have had it sung!


  19. Kim
    Sep 10, 2011 @ 11:09:39

    He is in up to his neck with the muslims – nearly all of his wealth is from Saudi Arabia


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