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Work lights brighten the damaged part of the Pentagon in the evening, the dome of the United States Capitol silhouetted behind.  


(CNN) -- Thousands remain missing and are presumed dead, but medical examiners slowly are identifying remains and confirming the deaths of victims in the September 11 terrorist attacks in Washington and New York.

"Prayer for America," a multi-faith ceremony of more than two-and-a-half hours in New York's Yankee Stadium on Sunday afternoon offered solace to those families who are between hope and despair -- having been notified of a relatives death or still awaiting information of their fate. The service included representatives from the Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Hindu faiths.

The number of missing and presumed people held steady at 6,333, according to estimates of the office of the mayor in New York .

The number of confirmed dead in New York rose to 261, according to Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik, with 194 identified. Thirty-nine are members of the uniformed services, including 34 firefighters. The tally of injured is 6,408.

The death toll at the Pentagon is 189 including the 64 people who died on American Airline Flight 77.

Numerous agencies and government officials have altered or created policies to assist victims and their families. New York Gov. George Pataki has announced free college education to family members of victims who attend schools in New York, state or city. (More information on burial expenses, insurance payments on life insurance, and student assistance)

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New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani said experts have given him very limited hope of the possibility of finding survivors in the World Trade Center rubble.

"I am told that there is very little hope, but that they wanted to wait two weeks," he told Wolf Blitzer on CNN's "Late Edition."

"We are still within that time frame," Giuliani said, "and the experts say there are still situations in which people have survived for this length of time."

Meanwhile, the United States Department of Defense has confirmed that eight military officials died in the attack on the Pentagon. That confirmation brings to 60 the number of unaccounted for victims of the attack who have been positively identified, not including the person who later died of wounds suffered in the attack.

Those identified were:

Lt. Col. Dean E. Mattson, U.S. Army 57, California

Major Dwayne Williams, U.S. Army, 40, Alabama

Information Systems Technician Second Class Kris Romeo Bishundat, 23, Waldorf, Maryland

Electronics Technician Third Class Christopher Lee Burford, 23, Hubert, North Carolina

Operations Specialist Second Class Nehamon Lyons, IV, 30, Mobile, Alabama

Capt. Jack Punches (Ret.) Clifton, Virginia

Lt. Cmdr. David Lucian Williams, 32, Newport, Oregon

Information Systems Technician Second Class Kevin Wayne Yokum, 27, Lake Charles, Louisiana


How will families who never receive remains achieve closure?

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How will the remains pulled from the rubble be identified? (Click here for more)


For the families of thousands of New Yorkers, time is running out -- it's becoming harder almost by the hour now to believe that someone may be found alive in the tons of steel and concrete in lower Manhattan. While government agencies have rallied to offer financial support to individuals and businesses, the attacks leave an aching void in the lives of families and a persistent sense of insecurity regarding the nation's safety.

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