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Release No: 080-08
August 25, 2008

Pentagon to Dedicate 9/11 Memorial

             Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will host a ceremony on Sept. 11, 2008, to dedicate the Pentagon Memorial to the memory of those killed in the terrorist attack here in 2001.  The ceremony itself is an invitation only / ticketed event. The ceremony begins at 8 a.m EDT and is expected to last for approximately two hours.
            The memorial was built along the southwestern corner of the Pentagon and is the first national memorial to those killed on Sept 11, to be dedicated. The memorial consists of 184 individual memorial units honoring the 59 people aboard American Airlines Flight 77 and the 125 in the Pentagon who lost their lives at 9:37 a.m. on Sept. 11, 2001.
            Press members desiring to cover the event should fax their credential information, using the example provided, on their organizational letter head to the Pentagon press desk by Sept. 4, 2008.  Credentials will be confirmed by email and event badges will be issued on the day of the event upon check-in.
            Parking is not available at the Pentagon. Registered press members are encouraged to take the Metro.  Media members with hand-carried equipment will enter security on the east side of the south parking area through marked press lanes.
            Media may enter the venue beginning at 5:30 a.m. Media members moving larger equipment to the venue should contact the press desk for special clearance to the support vehicle parking area at lot 6 near the Navy Annex.  Lot 6 is also an alternate drop-off point for media members who may ride a shuttle bus to the ceremony. Media vehicles will not be permitted to drop-off anyone at south parking on the day of the event.
            For more information the Defense Press Operations Desk at (703) 697-5131, or view our  Web link at http://www.defenselink.mil/home/features/2008/0708_memorial/ .

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