NATO remembers 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States with solemn ceremony

  • 11 Sep. 2019 -
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  • Press Release (2019) 089
  • Issued on 06 Sep. 2019
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  • Last updated 16-Sep-2019 09:33

On Wednesday, 11 September 2019, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg will join U.S. Permanent Representative to NATO Kay Bailey Hutchison at the 9/11 and Article 5 Memorial at NATO Headquarters to commemorate the 18th anniversary of the 2001 terrorist attacks on the United States.

Attendees will include permanent representatives of Alliance nations as well as members of NATO’s diplomatic, military, and international community.
Secretary General Stoltenberg and Ambassador Hutchison will deliver brief remarks. The ceremony will conclude with a moment of silence at 14:46, the exact minute 18 years ago of the first attack on the North Tower of the World Trade Center. 

To honor the victims of the attacks and the sacrifices of service members since, flags will fly at half-staff at NATO Headquarters as well as at Allied Command Operations (ACO) in Mons, Belgium, and at NATO Allied Command Transformation (ACT) in Norfolk, Virginia.

Media Advisory

14:30 The Secretary General and Ambassador Hutchison arrive at the 9/11 and Article 5 Memorial where the Secretary General will lay a wreath.

14:30 – 14:45 Remarks by Ambassador Hutchison and Secretary General Stoltenberg

14:46 Moment of silence

14:47 End of the event 

Interested media should assemble in the area designated for press no later than 14:00.

The event will be streamed live on the NATO website.

Still and video images will be available on the NATO website after the event.

Broadcast quality B-roll will be available on the NATO Multimedia portal (, please register for access.


Media permanently accredited at NATO

  • Media representatives in possession of permanent NATO media pass can access the NATO HQ directly by tapping their badge at the turnstiles (NATO HQ Guard House South - GHS, media entrance, NATO Headquarters, Boulevard Leopold III 1110).

Ad-hoc accreditation (day-pass)

  • Media representatives who are not permanently accredited and wishing to attend the event are invited to request ad-hoc accreditation directly at NATO HQ Guard House South (media entrance) on Wednesday 11 September 2019 starting from 12:30 (Brussels time). They will have to present a proof of ID/passport and a valid press card (provided by a recognised national professional body of a NATO country – i.e. Government, Professional association, Union of journalists).
  • Media representatives not in possession of a valid press card and wishing to attend the event are required to send a signed letter from their editor to the NATO Accreditation Office to no later than Monday 09 September 2019 at 12:00 noon (Brussels time). Please note that given the processing time required for these checks, we cannot guarantee access. Either way, you will receive a confirmation by email.

Please type “9/11” in the subject line of the message.

Security Procedures

A security check will take place and all equipment and personal effects carried onto the site will be examined by security personnel. Media representative are therefore encouraged to arrive with sufficient lead time to allow for security proceedings.

Overall Coordination
Ms. Irina Novakova
Tel: +32 (0)2 707 1003
Mr Angelo Pacifico
Tel: +32 (0)2 707 83 46
TV & Radio arrangements on site and via satellite
Mr Serge Bosmans
Tel: +32 (0)2 707 50 03
Mr Eric Morel
Tel: +32 (0)2 707 12 87
NATO  Video on demand
NATO Multimedia
Tel: +32 (0)2 707 12 27

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