IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Secretary of Defense Ash Carter Hosts Department of Defense's National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony


Secretary of Defense Ash Carter will host the Department of Defense's National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony on Friday, Sept. 16 at 10 a.m. EDT at the Pentagon River Terrace Parade Field.  United States Senator John Cornyn, and son of a former prisoner of war, will be the keynote speaker. United States Navy Captain (ret) Gerald "Jerry" Coffee, former Vietnam prisoner of war, is the guest speaker.

The program will include remarks by Secretary Carter and the Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Paul J. Selva.  A musical review by the U.S. Army Band and a march in review with service honor guard units from the national capital region will also take place during the ceremony.  The ceremony will conclude with a flyover of the Pentagon with a UH-60 Black Hawk aerial review.

All journalists desiring to cover the ceremony must obtain a wristband from security screening. Journalists without a Pentagon facility access card must go through security screening at the base of the River Entrance Pedestrian Bridge, and will be escorted to the ceremony from there.  Security screening will begin at approximately 8:15 a.m. EDT; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification.  Journalists with a Pentagon facility access card, and whom have entered the building prior to 8:15 a.m. EDT, may go through security screening at the River Entrance to obtain their wristband.   All journalists wishing to cover the POW/MIA ceremony, including those with a Pentagon facility access card, must be in place no later than 9:45 a.m. EDT.  Once security screening has been initiated at the base of the bridge, all journalists entering the building via the bridge for any reason, including those with a Pentagon facility access card not covering the POW/MIA ceremony, must undergo security screening.  Please call 703-697-5131 with any questions.