IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Sept. 11 Pentagon Memorial Observance Ceremony


Secretary of Defense James N. Mattis and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul Selva will host Vice President of the United States Mike R. Pence at an observance ceremony Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at the Pentagon Memorial in honor of the 184 people killed in the 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.  

There will be an open press event from the main press riser in the 9/11 memorial at sunrise (6:47 a.m.) just prior to the ceremony’s start. At that time, the American Flag will be unfurled down the side of the Pentagon.  

The Pentagon community ceremony, which is not open to the public, will allow the family members of those lost in the terrorist attack to observe the memory of their loved ones.

Show time for press interested in covering the flag unfurling is 6 a.m.  Check in is at the media table in the Pentagon's south parking lot near the Corridor 3 pedestrian bridge.

Media interested in covering the observance ceremony should arrive by 7 a.m. EDT.  There will be a media check-in table in the south parking lot near the Corridor 3 pedestrian bridge. All media must present valid press credentials for escort to the event site.  The observance is open to still photographers and journalists, but pooled for TV outlets. Media interested in covering this event must RSVP by noon EDT Monday, Sept. 10 by contacting Tom Masten at Thomas.a.masten2.civ@mail.mil.  Parking information will be sent via e-mail to those confirmed on the press list.  

The event will be live streamed live on http://www.defense.gov/live/