- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 11, 2001

A presidential address at a Pentagon memorial service, a book reading by the first lady, vigils and prayer services are among events scheduled around the Washington area today to remember those killed one month ago in terrorist attacks on the Pentagon and the World Trade Center.
President Bush will deliver the keynote address at a memorial service, beginning at 11 a.m., at the Pentagon River Parade Field. Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld will host the ceremony, titled "United in Memory."
Pope John Paul II and Catholic bishops worldwide will observe today as a day of prayer. The Archdiocese of Washington will hold a memorial service, "Month's Mind Mass," at 12:10 p.m. at the Cathedral of St. Matthew in the 1700 block of Rhode Island Avenue NW. Cardinal Theodore E. McCarrick will host the service in honor of those who died or were affected by the attacks.
"It is traditional in the Catholic Church to offer Mass one month after someone has died," said the Rev. Walter Tappe, secretary for parish life and worship at the diocese. He said the Mass is part of the ongoing remembrance of the dead, adding that in the past it marked the conclusion of the formal grieving period.
He stressed the importance of prayer at a time like this, when people are under tremendous stress. "Prayer draws us closer to God and helps us work through our grief," he said.
The Arlington Archdiocese will hold an interfaith service at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Thomas More Cathedral in the 3900 block of Cathedral Lane. The service, titled "Together We Remember and Pray," will be hosted by the Most Rev. Paul S. Loverde, who will be joined by Rabbi Jack L. Moline of Agudas Achim Congregation in Alexandria and Imam Jibreel Speight of the Islamic Foundation of America.
"As Jews, Muslims and Christians, we pray to the same God, and we are gathering as one to seek His assistance in eradicating terrorism, hatred and violence from our world," Bishop Loverde said.
At the Lincoln Memorial, political and religious leaders and entertainers will team with 1,000 children from around the world to honor those killed and wounded in the terrorist attacks. Called "Remember the Children," the event will be held between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and is designed to remember all children affected by the attacks, said Brian Peterson, a spokesman for World Vision, a Christian child-advocacy group that is organizing the event. "The ambassadors from various countries want to make a statement that long-term solutions to problems can be found by making an investment in children," he said.
In Owings Mills, Md., a community memorial service will be held at the Owings Mills Metro station at 7 p.m.
Earlier in the day, first lady Laura Bush will read "Amazing Grace" to a group of schoolchildren at the Barnes & Noble store in Georgetown as part of the "Close the Book on Hate" campaign. The monthlong event, originally scheduled to start on Oct. 15, was moved to Oct. 11 to commemorate the one-month anniversary of the attacks, a spokeswoman said.
Residents will also have a chance to have a good time while helping a good cause: numerous area restaurants, including 12 in the District, will participate in the Dine for America campaign today, pledging all profits to the victims of the attacks.
Events in honor of the victims will continue tomorrow. The Islamic Center of Washington will not hold a prayer service today, but plans to follow up its Friday prayer session with a special service for victims of the attacks, said the center's manager, Farzad Darui.
Secretary of Education Rod Paige has sent letters to schools around the country asking them to participate in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance "at a single time and with a unified voice."

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