Tickets for the opening of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City sold out nearly instantly, and are heavily booked already for much of the month. The Pentagon Memorial, on the other hand, is nearly always open—if you're willing to make the long hike through an underpass beneath a large highway and across a large parking lot. Life magazine's book on the 9/11 attacks gives just five of its 208 pages to the Pentagon, even though 184 people died there. "What happened when that Boeing 757 struck the Pentagon 10 years ago must not be allowed to vanish behind the searing drama of the collapse of the Twin Towers," writes Marc Fisher in the Washington Post.
But with the 10th anniversary of the terror attacks almost here, Fisher says that Washington and the Pentagon have been nearly forgotten, “If I were a family member of a Pentagon victim, I might feel a little deserted,” said one scholar. Sure, it's the nature of the military to endure its losses stoically, and the Pentagon was built for defense, but the losses there were just as real as in New York, notes Fisher. It's not about resenting New York, but it is important that future generations know the stories from Washington on that terrible day, he notes.