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Immediate Release

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Will Host the Department of Defense’s National POW/MIA Recognition Day Ceremony

Sept. 18, 2014

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel will host the Department of Defense's National POW/MIA Recognition Day ceremony on Friday, Sept. 19 at 10:15 a.m. EDT at the Pentagon River Terrace Parade Field.  Former U.S. Senator Max Cleland, secretary of the American Battle Monuments Commission, will be the keynote speaker.
The program will include remarks by Secretary Hagel and Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. James A. Winnefeld, Jr.  A musical review by the U.S. Army Band and a march in review with service honor guard units from the national capital region will also take place during the ceremony.  The ceremony will conclude with a flyover of the Pentagon with an MV 22 aerial review.
Journalists without a Pentagon building pass will be picked up at the River Entrance only. Plan to arrive no later than 45 minutes prior to the event; have proof of affiliation and two forms of photo identification. Please call 703-697-5131 for escort into the building.