Obama, Gates Honor 9/11 Victims at Pentagon Ceremony

Department of Defense Photo Essay

  • A stone bears the name of the Pentagon Memorial marking the site where 184 people died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the headquarters of the Defense Department. A ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the attack was held at the memorial Sept. 11, 2010. DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • A memorial at the Pentagon reads "We will never forget" during a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • President Barack Obama speaks at the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2010, on the occasion of the ninth anniversary of the terrorist attack on the building.  In the audience are family members of some of the 184 people who lost their lives here on a day very much like this bright, sunny, late summer's day.   DoD photo by R. D. Ward
  • President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Pentagon Memorial, during a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • A moment of silence is observed after President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Pentagon Memorial, during a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates render honors during the playing of the national anthem at the Pentagon Memorial, during a Sept. 11,  2010, ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates render honors during the playing of the national anthem at the Pentagon Memorial, during a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates render honors at the Pentagon Memorial, Sept. 11, 2010,during ceremonies marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the building that serves as the headquarters of the Department of Defense.   In the audience are family members of some of the 184 people -- both passengers and crew aboard American Airlines Flight 77 and military and civilian Department of Defense employees -- who lost their lives in the attack.   DoD photo by R. D. Ward
  • Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates delivers remarks during ceremonies at the Pentagon Memorial, Sept. 11, 2010, marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack.  He is joined on the podium by President Barack Obama and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen. Terrorists hijacked American Airlines Flight 77, a Boeing 757 enroute from Dulles International Airport to Los Angeles, California, and purposely crashed it into the west side of the famous building killing 184 people.   DoD photo by R. D. Ward
  • President Barack Obama addresses the audience at the Pentagon Memorial, during a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • President Barack Obama addresses the audience at the Pentagon Memorial, during a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Senior Department of Defense officials mingle with the families of the fallen as they listen to the remarks of President Barack Obama during memorial observances at the Pentagon, Sept. 11, 2010. This year marked the 9th anniversary of the terrorist attack which killed 184 people near this spot in 2001.    DoD photo by R. D. Ward
  • President Barack Obama addresses the audience at the Pentagon Memorial, during a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony, marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.   DoDphoto by Cherie Cullen
  • A family member attends a ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial Sept. 11, 2010, marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with family members of those lost during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack at the Pentagon following a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the attacks.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with a servicemember at the Pentagon Memorial following a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony, marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen shakes hands with family members of those lost during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack at the Pentagon following a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the attack.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • President Barack Obama shakes hands with family members of those lost during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack at the Pentagon following a Sept. 10, 2010, ceremony with Defense Secretary Robert M. Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, marking the ninth anniversary of the attack.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • After delivering remarks at the Pentagon Memorial during Sept. 11, 2010 ceremonies marking the 9th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attack on the building, President Barack Obama personally greets family members of those who lost their lives.  Fifty-nine passengers and crew aboard hijacked American Airlines Flt. 77 were killed when terrorists crashed the jet into the Pentagon, as were 125 military and civilian employees of the Department of Defense.   DoD photo by R. D. Ward
  • Family members sit on the bench of their loved one who died during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack during a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony at the Pentagon Memorial marking the ninth anniversary of the attack.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Family members of those lost during the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attack find their loved one's name on a memorial at the Pentagon during a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the attack.  DoD photo by Cherie Cullen
  • Families of the fallen walk among the Pentagon Memorial benches on Sept. 11, 2010 - one bench for each of the 184 people who died at this spot 9 years ago.  Many of the children were too young to have any memory of the terrible day itself, but not today came to hear the President of the United States eulogize their relative and say that as we confront the spector of terrorism "we will not sacrifice the liberties we cherish or hunker down behind walls of suspicion and mistrust."   DoD photo by R. D. Ward
  • Flowers lie on a bench at the Pentagon Memorial during a Sept. 11, 2010, ceremony marking the ninth anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.   DoD photo by Cherie Cullen