Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will host a remembrance event on Sept. 11, 2009, at the Pentagon Memorial to honor the memory of those killed here in the 2001 terrorist attack. This is an event for the family members of those lost in the terrorist attack and is not open to the general public. The remembrance includes a wreath laying and official remarks, will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. EDT and is expected to last less than one hour.
Media desiring to cover this event must register with the Defense Press Office by calling 703-697-5131 to receive specific instructions. Media must register no later than 11 a.m. EDT on Thursday. Registration will be confirmed by e-mail and badges will be issued at the "media check-in desk" near the Pentagon Corridor 3 bridge on Friday morning.
Media may enter the venue beginning at 5:45 a.m. Parking is generally not available at the Pentagon and registered media are encouraged to take the Metro. All registered media will enter security at the Pentagon South Parking area through marked press lanes.
Opened on Sept. 11, 2008, the Pentagon Memorial is the first dedicated national commemorative to honor those killed during the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Pentagon 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. For more information on the Pentagon Memorial, please visit http://www.whs.mil/memorial .