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From U.S. Naval War College Public Affairs

NEWPORT, R.I. -- The U.S. Naval War College (NWC) will hold a remembrance of the 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at noon at the Patriots Memorial located on campus at Naval Station Newport.

NWC President Rear Adm. John N. Christenson and Dean of Students Capt. Ray Keledei are this year’s guest speakers.  On Sept. 11, 2001, Keledei was returning to his office in the Navy Command Center when the plane hit the Pentagon, making him one of a handful of survivors from the Navy Command Center.

The ceremony will honor eleven fallen NWC students and alumni, who died at the Pentagon.  This year, the college is including recognition for retired Navy Capt. John Yamnicky, who was a passenger on the airplane that hit the Pentagon.

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The remembrance will include a wreath laying at the memorial, the Newport-area Chief Petty Officer selectees will conduct a bell-ringing ceremony, and the Newport Navy Choristers will perform.

The Naval War College's Patriots Memorial consists of a section of limestone removed from the damaged portion of the Pentagon.  The memorial was made possible through the support of the Naval War College Foundation.

Posted by Cmdr. Carla M. McCarthy