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The Pentagon

 P4  1000 Defense Pentagon, Hwy I-395, Arlington, VA q Pentagon  pentagontours.osd.mil

The Department of Defense, which includes the army, navy, and air force, is headquartered at the Pentagon. President Franklin D. Roosevelt decided in the early 1940s to combine the 17 buildings that comprised the department into one building. Construction of the Pentagon was started on September 11, 1941 and completed in January, 1943. Its five-sided design is very efficient, and despite its size, it takes only seven minutes to walk between any two points. On September 11, 2001, the building was damaged in a terrorist attack. A memorial to the 184 people who died ...

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