Joseph Wu (吳釗燮), the nation's representative to the US, visited the construction site of the Pentagon Memorial in Washing-ton at the invitation of the US Department of Defense on Friday, an official from Taiwan's representative office said.
The memorial is designed to commemorate those who died in the terrorist attack on the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, said Tsai Chung-li (蔡仲禮), director-general of the Information Division of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in the US.
Tsai said that the Pentagon Memorial Fund had raised money for the construction of a memorial park dedicated to the victims. Construction on the outdoor memorial, which began in June last year, is scheduled to be completed next year. The park will include 184 benches, each engraved with one of the victims' names.
The defense department invited 50 guests, including mem-bers of the victims' families and sponsors of the construction project, to attend the memorial activity and to learn more about the construction's progress. Also invited were Deputy Secretary of Defense Gordon England and former chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff Richard Myers.
Tsai said Taiwan donated US$1 million to the construction project to express the condolences of the government and people to the families of the victims and to show support for the US fight against terrorism.
Taiwan's donation is listed along with the country's flag and official name, the Republic of China, on the memorial project's official Web site, Tsai said.
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