Sept. 11, 2001, changed America forever — the attacks moved a generation of Americans to serve in the U.S. Armed Forces or in other profound ways to help heal the nation. That day's destruction and devastation did not bring the nation to its knees. Rather, it filled Americans with resolve and patriotism and sparked a spirit of service in the hearts of a new generation.
We now observe Patriot Day annually on September 11th as a National Day of Service and Remembrance for the thousands of lives lost and wounded in the 9/11 attacks. Nineteen-years later, it remains a day of somber reflection.
The Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley will conduct a live virtual observance ceremony Friday, Sept. 11, 2020, at 9 a.m. EDT, at the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in honor of the 184 people killed in the 2001 terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
The Pentagon observance ceremony is not open to the public due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The ceremony will be livestreamed on defense.gov.
Families will not be present at the observance ceremony; they will be visiting the memorial in small groups throughout the day. Please note that the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial remains closed to the public.