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Immediate Release

Pentagon 9/11 Observance Ceremony

Secretary of Defense Lloyd J. Austin III and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley will host an observance ceremony Saturday, Sept. 11, 2021, at 9:00 a.m., at the Pentagon Memorial in honor of the 184 people killed in the 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.

Show time for press interested in covering the observance is 7:00 a.m.  Due to COVID-19 safety protocols and space restrictions, only 60 reporters may cover the event. Therefore, slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Media interested in covering this event must RSVP by 5 p.m. EDT Wednesday, Sept. 8, by contacting Cmdr. Candice Tresch at  Please include name, outlet, position, email, phone number and vehicle make, model and license plate number.  Additional logistical details will be provided on Sept. 9 to media covering the event. 

Prior to the 9/11 observance ceremony, there will be a flag unfurling at sunrise on the west side of the Pentagon.  This event is open to pooled coverage only.

Both events will livestream on and will have pooled television and print coverage available.