- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 10, 2003

From combined dispatches

The thousands killed in the September 11 terrorist attacks will be honored where they died and across the nation on the second anniversary of the attacks today, with cities falling silent, names read aloud, wreaths laid and bells tolling for the dead.

At the Pentagon, officials and families will mark with silence the moment when a hijacked jet slammed into the Defense Department headquarters. The 9:37 a.m. crash killed 125 persons on the ground and 59 on the plane.

Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is scheduled to attend a wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery in the morning, followed by a flag presentation at the Pentagon.

Ceremonies also will take place at the World Trade Center site in New York City, where two planes crashed into the Twin Towers, and in the field near Shanksville, Pa., where a fourth hijacked airliner went down.

In all, 3,021 persons died.

D.C. Public Schools plans several events to remember the three teachers and three students killed aboard the hijacked plane that hit the Pentagon. There will be a ceremony outside school headquarters in Northeast, as well as the dedication of a memorial garden and a playground at Leckie Elementary School in Southwest.

At Backus Middle School in Northeast, there will be a service to remember the student and teacher lost there.

Elsewhere, the Rev. David O’Connell, president of the Catholic University, is scheduled to preside over a noon Memorial Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast.

The University of the District of Columbia plans a noontime service to remember Johnnie Doctor Jr., a student who worked at the Pentagon.

And some community groups plan to work on beautifying Engine Co. 30 in Northeast as a way of honoring the firefighters killed at the Trade Center.

A ceremony in Rockville’s Courthouse Square Park begins 11 a.m. at a memorial to honor the 11 county residents killed in the attacks. There are 11 benches, each containing lines from a song, poem or thought, as selected by a family member. The end of each bench has the signature of the victim inscribed in stainless steel.

Afterward, the Navy Band’s chorus will perform on the patio of the Montgomery County Executive Office Building in Rockville.

Prince George’s County will hold a “ceremony of remembrance” 9 a.m. on the courthouse side of the County Administration Building in Upper Marlboro.

When the plane hit the Pentagon, it was Arlington County firefighters and police who were the first responders. Tomorrow, the county will remember that fateful day.

At 9:30 a.m. in Courthouse Plaza, there will be a brief ceremony in which a bell will toll 184 times — once for each victim at the Pentagon.

Elsewhere in Northern Virginia, there will be a 3 p.m. groundbreaking ceremony at the Prince William County offices in Woodbridge for the “9/11 Liberty Memorial.” Twenty-two county residents were killed in the attacks on the Pentagon and the Trade Center.

Fairfax City plans a 7:30 p.m. memorial service in the Veterans Amphitheater next to City Hall.


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