National POW/MIA Recognition Day with Helicopter flyover at the Pentagon

A flyover of Army UH-60 helicopters followed by a diamond of combat jets from the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps concludes the annual Pentagon observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day, Sept. 19, 2008. U.S. Rep. Ike Skelton of Missouri, the event’s keynote speaker, flanked Deputy Defense Secretary Gordon England, right, and Marine Corps Gen. James Cartwright, left, stand in the reviewing area. (Photo credit: DoD)

About mid-morning yesterday (September 16), my phone, Twitter, Facebook, and email started going off with reports of military helicopters hovering over and around Alexandria, Virginia on the banks of the Potomac.

Turns out, after many phone calls, it was a flyover of Army UH-60 helicopters followed by a diamond of combat jets from the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps part of the conclusion of the annual Pentagon observance of National POW/MIA Recognition Day which was held yesterday, September 16, 2016.

Pentagon 9/11

City of Alexandria Hosts 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony

The City of Alexandria, Virginia invites the public to a ceremony to mark the 15th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. On September 11, 2001, terrorists hijacked commercial airliners to strike targets in the United States including the nearby Pentagon. Nearly 3,000 people died as a result of the attacks.

The hour-long event, to be held on Saturday, September 10, at 5 p.m. in Market Square (301 King St.), will pay tribute to those who responded without fear, acted without hesitation, and gave their lives to save others.

The ceremony will feature remarks from Mayor Allison Silberberg and representatives from the Alexandria Police Department, Fire Department, and Sheriff’s Office. The tribute will include the “Return to Quarters” bell-ringing ceremony and musical performances by the award-winning Alexandria Harmonizers and the City of Alexandria Pipes and Drums. The program is FREE and will be held rain or shine.

For more information, please contact the Office of Special Events at 703.746.5418, or call the Special Events Hotline at 703.746.5592.


Metro plans full-scale emergency response drill on the Yellow Line Bridge Sunday, August 28

Metro Transit Police, the District of Columbia and Arlington County will conduct a full-scale response drill Sunday, August 28, on the Yellow Line Bridge that will allow emergency personnel to practice the evacuation of a train during a simulated derailment.

The exercise, which will take place on the elevated track approaching the Pentagon station over the Potomac River, will allow emergency responders to test their capabilities on the aerial structure in coordination with water rescue teams. In addition, the drill will simulate real-world conditions to test coordination and communication between on-scene responders, Metrorail operations staff, Metro Transit Police and support personnel.

The exercise will begin at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to conclude no later than 2 p.m. In addition to Metro Transit Police and Metrorail operations personnel, emergency responders throughout the region will participate including:

  • Arlington County Fire Department
  • DC Fire & Emergency Medical Services
  • Alexandria Fire Department
  • US Park Police
  • US Park Service
  • Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Fire & Rescue Department
  • Prince George’s County Fire Department

More than 100 emergency responders and volunteers are expected to attend.

Metro conducts quarterly drills with emergency responders throughout the region.

Customer Information:

  • Yellow Line service will be suspended between  the L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon stations from opening until approximately 2:00 p.m. Customers traveling to/from National Airport and Washington DC should use Blue Line trains from L’Enfant Plaza or Metro Center and should allow for extra travel time.
  • Metro will notify customers when normal operations resume via email, text message and social media. To receive notifications, sign up for MetroAlerts.
  • Regular route Metrobus service will operate normally.
  • Members of the public in the area of L’Enfant Plaza and Pentagon stations as well as the shoreline on both sides of the bridge may notice a large number of emergency vehicles on site. Please be assured that this is only a drill.

(Photo via keever04, on Flickr)

Metrorail will open two hours early, at 5:00 AM, on Sunday, October 25, for the Marine Corps Marathon.

  • While the closest Metrorail station to the start of the race is Pentagon Station on the Blue and Yellow lines, riders are encouraged to use Pentagon City insteadPentagon Station tends to get very crowded on race day with riders traveling to the start line. Some trains may bypass Pentagon Station due to crowding conditions.  (Pentagon City is a 0.7 mile walk to Pentagon.)
  • Arlington Cemetery Station will not open until 8:30 AM, after the marathon is underway.  The station should only be used to access to finish area or to leave the event after the race.
  • To accommodate high ridership, Metro will operate additional Blue Line trains between Franconia-Springfield and Stadium-Armory between 5 a.m. and 8:15 a.m., and between 11:30 AM and 4:30 PM.
  • Metro recommends using a SmarTrip card to speed your trip. SmarTrip cards can be purchased at any Metrorail station entrance for $10 ($2 for the card loaded with $8 in fare value).  If using a paper fareard, a $1 per-trip surcharge applies. Be sure to load enough fare value on your SmarTrip or paper farecard for your entire roundtrip to avoid lines after the event.

Metrobus service changes

  • Pentagon Bus Terminal will be closed from 4:00 AM until approximately 4:00 PM. During this time, Pentagon Metrobus service will be relocated to Pentagon City Station.
  • Rosslyn Bus Terminal will be closed from 4:00 AM until approximately 6:00 PM.  During this time, all Metrobus service will be relocated to Oak Street.

The additional two hours of service is funded through an agreement with event organizers. For more information, please visit this link.

Via WMATA, reconstruction of the Metrorail system will continue over the weekend of October 9-11 with track work and service adjustments beginning at 12:01 a.m. Saturday and continuing through system closing on Sunday.

  • Three stations will be closed this weekend: Vienna, Dunn Loring and West Falls Church.
  • Silver Line trains will replace Orange Line service this weekend with all Silver Line trains running between Wiehle-Reston East and New Carrollton every 8 minutes during daytime hours.
  • Riders traveling to/from Orange Line stations should board a Silver Line train to make their trip.
  • Riders traveling to/from Blue/Silver stations between Largo Town Center and Benning Road should use only Blue Line trains.
  • Red, Blue, Green and Yellow lines are on regular weekend schedules.

Early Opening Sunday morning for the for Army Ten-Miler

Metrorail will open two hours early, at 5 a.m., on Sunday, October 11, for riders traveling to the Army Ten-Miler. The closest Metro stop to the start of the race is Pentagon on the Blue and Yellow lines.

Columbus Day service information

On Columbus Day, Monday, October 12, Metrorail will open at 5 a.m. and close at midnight. Trains will operate at Saturday service intervals (every 6 to 12 minutes during daytime hours). Off-peak fares will be in effect all day and parking will be free at all Metrorail parking facilities.


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