September 19, 2001

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Contact: Jim Greene




Fridayís ceremony commemorating National POW/MIA Recognition Day will be moved from the Pentagon to the Arlington National Cemetery amphitheater. More than 1,000 invitations were mailed to MIA families, veterans and former POWs in the local area.

Admission to the ceremony will be granted only to those who show their invitation and a picture ID or who have already called in their RSVP. Attendees should arrive at Arlington well ahead of the 11:00 a.m. ceremony to allow time for processing and transportation to the site.  The first shuttle bus will be available at 9:30 a.m.

"Our nationís commitment to account for our MIAs is part of the spirit of commitment of Americans to one another that has been demonstrated so strongly in the past week," said Deputy Secretary of Defense Paul Wolfowitz. "At a time when our free and democratic way of life is under attack, we will hold fast to our commitment to account for these men who made the ultimate sacrifice to defend our country. We will bring them home no matter where it takes us, and no matter how long it takes us."

Those wishing to attend the ceremony should park in the Arlington Cemetery visitorsí center parking lot or take the Metro to the Arlington station. Shuttle buses will transport guests to the amphitheater from the parking lot.  In the event of rain, the ceremony will be canceled.



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