9/11 at the Pentagon will look different this year

Elizabeth Howe
September 10, 2020 - 2:56 pm
Pentagon 9/11 Remembrance

Elizabeth Howe

As it has every year since the 2001 tragedy, an American flag will unfurl over the wall of the Pentagon that American Airlines Flight 77 crashed through nineteen years ago. But this year, it will unfurl before an empty courtyard. 

The usual remembrance events held at the Pentagon every year on September 11 have been replaced with a more pandemic-appropriate version. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark Milley will conduct a live virtual observance ceremony tomorrow in lieu of the crowds and presidential attendance of years past.

The ceremony will not be open to the public and the memorial itself remains closed. 

Not even family members will attend the ceremony in person. However, they will be visiting the memorial in small groups throughout the day. The live stream can be accessed here

On Sept. 11, 2001, 125 people at the Pentagon were killed along with all 59 passengers on board Flight 77. In past years, the ceremony at the Pentagon has opened with a reading of all 184 names. 


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