Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Chairman of Joint Chiefs Michael Mullen will host the President at a remembrance ceremony on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010, at the Pentagon Memorial to honor the memory of those killed here in the 2001 terrorist attack. This is a private remembrance for the family members of those lost in the terrorist attack and is not open to the general public.
The remembrance, including a wreath laying, moment of silence, and playing of America the Beautiful, will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. EDT and is expected to last less than one hour. The chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff, secretary of defense and President will provide remarks.
The event is open to correspondents; pooled for TV and still photographers. Registration is required due to space limitations. Correspondents desiring to cover this event must RSVP online with the White House at http://www.whitehouse.gov/webform/mediarsvp/potus-pentagon-09-11-2010 by noon Thursday, Sept. 9 to receive specific instructions. 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 Saturday morning. All registered media will enter security at the Pentagon South Parking area through marked press lanes. Media Access: 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m. (Media must plan to arrive no later than 8 a.m.)
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 .