- The Washington Times - Thursday, September 9, 2004

FREDERICK, Md. — September 11 has become a distant memory for some people. But Patrick and Sharon Linton receive continual reminders that their son, Alan, a Wall Street analyst, was killed in the attacks on the World Trade Center.

Last month, they got a package from the New York coroner’s office similar to the ones they’ve been receiving for the past two years — more of Alan’s remains.

The coroners send the packages as they continue with the painstaking process of DNA matching.

“We remember and think about Alan every day,” Mr. Linton said. “Life goes on. … We’ll miss Alan, but we’ve got to go on.”

The Lintons attended a three-year anniversary ceremony yesterday at the Frederick County government building to commemorate Alan, who grew up in Frederick, and Michael Carlo, a New York firefighter whose family lives in Frederick. It was one of many scheduled in the metropolitan region through Sunday.

Mr. Linton and Mr. Carlo died when the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan collapsed after being hit by airplanes hijacked by terrorists.

The Frederick County Board of County Commissioners organized yesterday’s service, which was attended by about 50 county employees and firefighters.

John L. Thompson Jr., the board’s president, read a proclamation that declared every September 11 as Patriot Day.

He was joined by county employees reading poems and letters about how their lives have changed since the attacks.

“I want to be remembered for how I loved my children and grandchildren, not for the material things in life,” said Mary S. Bevard-Cline, an administrative specialist. “I seem to love life more.”

The ceremony also included a brief video montage of U.S. soldiers in Iraq, President Bush and the September 11 attacks that killed 2,995 persons in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon and Somerset County, Pa.

Mr. Carlo’s stepmother, Joni, read a message with the theme, “The greatest tribute is not grief but gratitude.”

Most remembrances will take place tomorrow.

President Bush, who traveled to ground zero in New York City on the first anniversary of the attacks, is not scheduled to leave Washington. He will attend early morning services at St. John’s Episcopal Church, and will observe a moment of silence on the South Lawn of the White House at 8:46 a.m. — the moment American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower.

Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld will preside over a ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery, at the September 11 memorial in Section 64. A moment of silence will be observed at 9:37 a.m., the time at which American Airlines Flight 77 crashed into the Pentagon. The cemetery is open to the public. Space for the ceremony is limited, but nobody will be turned away, said a spokesman for the Military District of Washington.

County governments also will hold ceremonies focusing on their memorials and in memory of residents lost in the attacks.

Arlington County will hold a brief ceremony tomorrow morning at Courthouse Plaza, hosted by Board of Supervisors Chairman Barbara Favola. The ceremony will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will include the tolling of a bell 184 times, once for each victim at the Pentagon.

In Fairfax County, residents will hold their first candlelight ceremony at the government center’s Memorial Grove Garden. Amy Carlini, county spokeswoman, said Fairfax wants to make sure the memory of the attacks does not fade.

Montgomery County government will hold a ceremony at the Courthouse Square Park, which was dedicated last year to the 11 residents killed at the Pentagon. Families of those victims will attend the 8:30 a.m. ceremony.

Larger, more public events include tomorrow night’s D.C. United soccer game at RFK Stadium, and a Silver Spring jazz festival tomorrow afternoon and evening.

Area Muslims will also remember September 11, “grieving over the attacks but … angry at the hijacking of their own religions,” said Rabiah Ahmed, spokeswoman for the Council on American Islamic Relations.

“Your hearts are with the victims and families of the victims,” she said. “But it’s also a time for Muslims to condemn terrorism, because three years later we still have people who say we have not.”


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