Secretary of Defense Robert Gates will speak at the Department of Defense’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony on Friday, Sept. 17 at 11 a.m. EDT at the Pentagon River Terrace Parade Field.
A National Capital Region flyover of the Pentagon with a joint service aerial review that includes two Air Force F-15E’s, one Navy F/A-18, one Marine F/A-18 and four Army UH-60’s, will take place at 11:30 a.m. The Air Force, Navy and Marine jets will fly in a four-ship “finger tip” formation and the Army helicopters will be in a separate four-ship formation. A musical review by the Air Force Band from Bolling Air Force Base and pass review with service Honor Guard units from the National Capital Region will also take place during the ceremony.
Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort into the building.