The 9 11 Memorial Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon

President Barack Obama delivers remarks at the Memorial Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon on 9 11 16 photo by Dennis Brack
President Barack Obama at the Memorial Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon on 9 11 16  photo by Dennis Brack

The September 11th Memorial Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon was, as it has been in the past, a ritual for President Barack Obama.  After a  private observance in the  White House there was a  rapid motorcade to the Pentagon.  The pool got in to position to photograph the president positioning a wreath

President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Memorial Observance Ceremony photo by Dennis Brack
President Barack Obama lays a wreath at the Memorial Observance Ceremony
photo by Dennis Brack

.  Photographers held for the president to take the stage and then were escorted into the buffer area.  This position allowed  us to photograph the president facing the flag on the Pentagon during the  playing of the National Anthem and o photograph Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and  Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford to make brief speeches before the President took the podium.

President Barack Obama with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr. at the Memorial Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon on 9 11 16 photo by Dennis Brack
President Barack Obama with Secretary of Defense Ash Carter and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr photo by Dennis Brack

This position was perfect for photographing the people in the front rows watching and reacting to the remarks by President Obama. Unfortunately it would have been disturbing to ask for their names.

Guests on the front row of a 9 11 Pentagon ceremony listens to President Barack Obama deliver remarks at the Memorial Observance Ceremon photo by Dennis Brack
Guests on the front row of a 9 11 Pentagon ceremony listens to President Barack Obama. photo by Dennis Brack

The photographers asked the advance person to get the names after the event.  She begrudgingly said that there would be an information email coming.  No email was received.  Hey, there are some great advance staff and some not so great advance staff persons.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with guests at the Memorial Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon on 9 11 16 photo by Dennis Brack
President Barack Obama shakes hands with guests at the Memorial Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon on 9 11 16 photo by Dennis Brack

After his remarks President Obama went down to the crowd and began to shake hands.  Before  he got to any of the interesting people on the front row, the advance person told us that we had to load the motorcade.  We sat in the vans for a good ten minutes.  There would have been plenty of time to stay to make some memorable photographs.

President Barack Obama at the Memorial Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon on 9 11 16 ISP Pool Dennis Brack/Black Star
President Barack Obama at the Memorial Observance Ceremony at the Pentagon on 9 11 16
Photo by  Dennis Brack