USS Cole 20th Commemoration Ceremony

October 7, 2020
kat simons

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the attack on USS Cole (DDG 67), a remembrance ceremony will be held pierside at Naval Station Norfolk, at 10:30 a.m., Monday, Oct. 12. 

The ceremony will feature guest speakers Adm. Christopher W. Grady, commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command; Adm. Robert J. Natter, retired, commander, U.S. Atlantic Fleet/ Fleet Forces Command from 2000-2003; and Cmdr. Edward Pledger, current Cole commanding officer; along with as a Roll Call of Heroes; a wreath laying; Honors; and a commemorative flyover.

Special guests in attendance will include the 17 Gold Star families of the Sailors killed in the Oct. 2000 attack; the Cole heroes who saved their ship and current Cole crewmembers.

COVID-19 restrictions will apply and be implemented, in accordance with Virginia guidance and law, and Department of the Navy policies in effect for Monday, Oct. 12.  More specific guidance on this will be provided no later than Friday, Oct. 9.

Media intending to cover the commemoration via live-broadcast, please see details below. 

The Cole Commemoration website provides a photo and video gallery, as well as detailed information about the attack, information on those killed, as well as fact sheets about the ship and accomplishments over the last years. If interested in scheduling remote interviews, please contact the POC included at bottom.