Secretary of Defense Leon E. Panetta will host a remembrance ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011, 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 ceremony includes remarks, a moment of silence, music and ceremonial elements. It will begin at approximately 9:30 a.m. EDT and is expected to last less than one hour. Panetta and the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen are scheduled to make remarks.
The event is open to confirmed correspondents and photographers; pooled for TV. Registration is required due to space limitations. Correspondents and photographers wanting to cover this event must RSVP by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by noon Wednesday, Sept. 7 to receive specific instructions. Registration will be confirmed by e-mail and badges will be issued at the "media check-in desk" on Sunday morning. Television stations wanting to broadcast live from the Navy Exchange (NEX) Gas Station (former CITGO station) must request access via email at NEX10th@osd.mil by noon Wednesday, Sept. 7 to receive specific instructions.
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 passengers and crewmembers aboard American Airlines Flight 77 and the 125 men and women in the Pentagon, all of whom gave their lives on Sept. 11, 2001. For more information on the Pentagon Memorial, please visit http://www.whs.mil/memorial.