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

  • 11 Sep. 2020 -
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  • Press Release (2020) 075
  • Issued on 10 Sep. 2020
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  • Last updated 14-Sep-2020 08:31

On Friday, 11 September 2020, 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 19th 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 19 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.

14:35 – 14:45    Remarks by Ambassador Hutchison and Secretary General Stoltenberg

14:46     Moment of silence

14:47     End of the event

The event will be streamed live on the NATO website.

Precautionary measures are still in place at NATO Headquarters to limit the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, including limited access to visitors and media. Therefore media representatives cannot cover in person the event.  

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

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