NEWPORT, R.I. – The Naval War College (NWC) will hold a memorial ceremony at noon on Friday, September 10 at the Patriot’s Memorial near McCarty Little Hall to honor those persons lost at the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001. The event specifically honors the three NWC students and seven alumni who perished that day.
Members of the DeConto family of Sandwich, Mass., who lost a family member during the attacks, will attend the ceremony. Raymond DeConto will be the primary speaker and will reflect on the loss of his brother and NWC honoree, Capt. Gerald DeConto, and the meaning that the annual commemoration has for the family.
Professor John Jackson and Capt. Steven Senteio, representatives of the War College, will also be guest speakers at the service.
The memorial will include the laying of a wreath as well as a bell ringing ceremony performed by the Newport area chief petty officer selectees to honor those who perished nine years ago.
The War College’s 9-11 Memorial was built with funds donated through the NWC Foundation. The memorial includes a shaft of shattered limestone from the east façade of the Pentagon, upon which are inscribed the names of the honorees.
The ceremony is open to NWC students, staff and faculty. Naval Station Newport personnel are also invited to attend and are encouraged to park at the Officers’ Club. The appropriate attire is the prescribed uniform of the day.
By David Reese, Naval War College Public Affairs