Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Corps Gen. James E. Cartwright will host the Pentagon ceremony for National POW/MIA Recognition Day at the River Entrance Parade Field on Friday, Sept. 18, 2009, at 11 a.m. EDT. Retired Navy Adm. Jeremiah Denton, a former POW and senator, will be the guest speaker.
Observances of National POW/MIA Recognition Day are held across the country on military installations, ships at sea, state capitols, schools and veterans' facilities. This observance is one of six days throughout the year that Congress has mandated the flying of the POW/MIA flag. The others are Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day and Veterans Day. The flag is to be flown at major military installations, national cemeteries, all post offices, VA medical facilities, the WWII Veterans Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial, the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, the official offices of the secretaries of state, defense and veterans affairs, the director of the selective service system and the White House.
Friday’s Pentagon ceremony will feature troops from each of the military services.
Members of the media without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the Pentagon River Parking Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 30 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call (703) 697-5131 for escort to the ceremony.
In the event of inclement weather, the event will be moved indoors.