United States Department of Defense United States Department of Defense

Press Advisory

Press Operations Bookmark and Share

Press Advisory


Release No: 157-02
September 05, 2002

Schedule of Events for DoD Sept. 11 Observance

The Department of Defense today announced the schedule of events for its observance of the Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the Pentagon. The approximately one-hour ceremony is scheduled to take place on Sept. 11, 2002, beginning at 9:30 a.m. EDT at the Phoenix Project site, which is the area damaged in the attack. The ceremony features addresses by President George W. Bush, Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Richard B. Myers. The large U.S. flag flown on the side of the Pentagon after the Sept. 11 attack will be unfurled in the same location during the ceremony, and a moment of silence will be observed at 9:37 a.m., the time at which American Airlines Flight 77 hit the Pentagon on Sept. 11. The President will also lead the Pledge of Allegiance during the ceremony, accompanied by 100 children from the Washington, D.C.-area schools attended by the children aboard Flight 77.

The ceremony is not open to the general public. For media arrangements, please contact the following individuals by e-mail. For media interviews, contact Glenn Flood at glenn.flood@osd.mil. For media site setup arrangements and credentialing, contact Terry Mitchell at terry.mitchell@osd.mil. Please note that media must have credentials issued to cover the observance.

Schedule of Events:

  • 9:30 a.m. Ceremony begins with Prelude, performed by the U.S. Army Band.
  • Invocation, Chaplain (Maj. Gen.) Gaylord T. Gunhus, chief of chaplains, U.S. Army.
  • "Last Full Measure of Devotion," performed by the U.S. Army Band and soloist Chief Petty Officer Tracy Thomas, U.S. Coast Guard Band.
  • Moment of silence.
  • Pentagon flag unfurled.
  • National Anthem, performed by the U.S. Marine Band and soloist Staff Sgt. Kevin Bennear, U.S. Marine Band.
  • Pledge of Allegiance.
  • Address by Gen. Richard B. Myers, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
  • "A Hero for Today," performed by the U.S. Army Band and soloist Staff Sgt. Steve Cramer, U.S. Army Band.
  • Address by Donald H. Rumsfeld, Secretary of Defense.
  • "United Through It All," performed by the U.S. Army Band and soloist Petty Officer 1st Class Reid Williams, U.S. Navy Band.
  • Address by George W. Bush, President of the United States.
  • Benediction, Chaplain (Rear Adm.) Barry C. Black, chief of chaplains, U.S. Navy.
  • "God Bless America," performed by the U.S. Army Band and soloist Chief Master Sgt. Patricia Wolfe, U.S. Air Force Band.
  • U.S. Air Force flyover.

Additional Links

Stay Connected