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IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Release No: 054-13
September 09, 2013

DoD Hosts September 11th Events

            The Department of Defense will host two events at the Pentagon to help commemorate the twelfth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. 

            Memorial Observance Ceremony

            Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin E. Dempsey will host the president at an observance ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 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, 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 president, secretary of defense and chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff will deliver remarks. 

            There will be in-town White House Travel Pool media coverage of the event. Limited spaces for photo and print journalists are available for non-pool media. Media interested in covering this event should contact Lt. Col. Crosson at thomas.c.crosson.mil@mail.mil no later than 2 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, Sept. 10. The event will be also televised and streamed live via the Pentagon Channel and www.pentagonchannel.mil

            Courtyard Remembrance Ceremony

            Director of Administration and Management Michael Rhodes will host Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel and Chairman of Joint Chiefs Gen. Martin E. Dempsey at a 9/11 remembrance ceremony on Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. in the Pentagon's center courtyard. 

            The secretary, chairman, and Mr. Rhodes will provide remarks at this event. This ceremony is an opportunity for the Pentagon community to come together in observance of the 12th anniversary of Sept. 11th. 

            Journalists without a Pentagon building pass who wish to cover the courtyard remembrance ceremony 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. 

            This event will be televised and streamed live via the Pentagon Channel and www.pentagonchannel.mil.