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Dec. 11 Event Will Show Americans Won't Forget

By Jim Garamone
American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, Dec. 5, 2001 – American leaders take every opportunity to tell the world why the United States is fighting a war against global terrorism.

President Bush is asking the citizens of the world to show on Dec. 11 that they, too, understand the need to stand up against terror. He is asking countries to hold remembrance events and to play their national anthems at the exact moment the first terrorist-hijacked airplane struck the World Trade Center in New York: 8:46 a.m. Eastern time.

Bush will lead the initiative at 8:46 a.m. EST with a White House ceremony and the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner" by the U.S. Marine Corps Band. He will ask the United Nations and all U.S. embassies, installations and agencies to hold similar events.

Following the ceremony at the White House, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld will hold a brief remembrance at 9:36 a.m. at the Pentagon helicopter pad, at about the time and near the spot where terrorists crashed their hijacked airliner into the building three months ago.

The Pentagon ceremony will be broadcast live via satellite from and will available to down link from the following satellite: SBS- 6 KU Band; Transponder 8; Vertical Polarity; Video 11900 MHz; and Audio 6.2 & 6.8 MHz. The ceremony also will be Webcast at www.connectlive.com/events/pentagonceremony/. The link will become active about 15 minutes before the ceremony.

U.S. service members at installations around the world are urged to participate.

The initiative grew out of a Taliban communiqu released Nov. 20 stating that the United States should "forget" about the attacks of Sept. 11. White House officials said the United States refuses to forget the thousands of victims from more than 80 countries who perished in the attacks in New York, at the Pentagon and in a Pennsylvania field.

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