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Tributes to fallen Americans

SUMMARY:

The CIA paramilitary officer who became the first U.S. combat death in Afghanistan was buried Monday with full honors at Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia. A memorial service also was held for three U.S. soldiers killed last week by an errant U.S. bomb in Afghanistan.

President Bush is asking radio stations across the United States to take part in a musical tribute to mark the three-month anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The first night of Hanukkah, the Jewish festival of lights, was marked Sunday at Ground Zero as a young girl whose father died in the World Trade Center attacks lit a candle on an 8-foot-tall menorah.

Americans are remembering the events of September 11 and their impact on the country in other ways as well. Patriotic ornaments and greeting cards are selling out, and merchants across the United States are putting flags next to holiday decorations.

On the anthrax front, sources said Monday that tests on a letter sent to U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, confirm the presence of anthrax and that its potent grade matches that found in a letter mailed to Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle, D-South Dakota.

UPDATE:

Johnny Micheal "Mike" Spann, who was killed November 25 during a Taliban prison uprising in northern Afghanistan, was buried with full military honors at Arlington National Cemetery.

Three U.S. casualties of friendly fire -- Master Sgt. Jefferson Donald Davis, 39, of Watauga, Tennessee; Staff Sgt. Brian Cody Prosser, 28, of Frazier Park, California; and Sgt. 1st Class Daniel H. Petithory, 32, of Cheshire, Massachusetts -- were remembered at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where they had been stationed. Petithory's body was expected to arrive in the United States on Monday.

President Bush has asked all radio stations to play "The Star-Spangled Banner" Tuesday to mark the three-month anniversary of the September 11 attacks, according to Variety.

Near the rubble of the World Trade Center, 18-month-old Laura Lehrfeld lit the first candle of a menorah. A similar ceremony will take place each of the next seven nights of Hanukkah. Laura's father, Eric Lehrfeld, was at a breakfast conference at the top of Tower 1 when by a hijacked airliner struck the building.

From a Christmas tree at the site to the 81-foot spruce in New York's Rockefeller Center to homes, shops and offices across the country, the red and green of Christmas have been joined this year by white and blue.

"People are wrapping their presents in it, decorating their homes," said Deidre Parkes, spokeswoman for Hallmark Cards Inc. "You're just going to see a lot of red, white and blue this holiday season."

New York merchants who have also been pummeled by the overall consumer spending slowdown are turning more to residents of the city's five boroughs who are expected to spend the holiday season close to home. And they're courting daytrippers from suburbs including New Jersey and Connecticut.

Meanwhile in the anthrax investigation, test results on the Leahy letter confirm what investigators had been expecting and what preliminary tests had indicated. Sources said the letter and envelope have been transferred to labs at FBI headquarters for further analysis following their decontamination at a U.S. military lab at Fort Detrick, Maryland.

KEY QUESTIONS:

Will a military commission afford suspected terrorists appropriate protection of their civil rights, and are non-U.S. citizens entitled to those rights?

What is the government doing to fortify homeland defense?

Is the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention equipped to handle bioterrorism attacks?

Does the U.S. Postal Service have the proper resources to make the mail safe?

How is Congress helping out in the recovery process?

What are tips to know in the wake of the attacks?

WHO'S WHO:

George W. Bush: U.S. president .

Laura Bush: First lady of the United States, she has become more visible since the terrorist attacks, making public appearances urging parents and teachers to help reassure children that everything is being done to try to keep them safe.

Tom Ridge: Director of the U.S. Office of Homeland Security, a new Cabinet-level position

Richard Clarke: Head of efforts to safeguard information systems for the Office of Homeland Security

Wayne Downing: Retired Army general tapped as deputy national security adviser

Joe Allbaugh:The chief of the Federal Emergency Management Agency

Dr. David Satcher: Surgeon General of the United States

Dr. Jeffrey P. Koplan: Director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Rudy Giuliani: Mayor of New York

Michael Bloomberg: Mayor-elect of New York

Anthony A. Williams: Mayor of Washington

Dr. Ivan Walks: Director of the Department of Health for the District of Columbia

Paul O'Neill: Treasury secretary

Norman Y. Mineta:Transportation secretary

Jane Garvey: FAA administrator

VICTIMS:

The latest figures provided by federal and local officials give the following numbers of people dead or missing from the September 11 attacks. WORLD TRADE CENTER: According to New York City officials, the death toll is 3,096. That figure includes 2,614 people who are missing and presumed dead, including the 157 on the two hijacked planes; 482 bodies have been identified.

PENTAGON: 64 dead on hijacked plane; another 125 missing and presumed dead

PENNSYLVANIA: 44 confirmed dead on hijacked plane

IMPACT:

The events of September 11 exposed the vulnerability of the world's greatest superpower, presenting the United States with the challenge of recovering emotionally and physically.

The U.S. economy, threatened by recession before September 11, has suffered a number of blows in the weeks since. Several industries -- particularly the airline industry -- were hit hard by the aftermath of the terrorist attacks, and leading economic indicators dropped in September. Yet the nation's financial markets have thus far weathered the uncertainty, making up losses experienced in the days after reopening.

Incidents of anthrax found in mail have frightened many, and the notable increase of security at offices and public places indicates America to be a warier, more cautious place. But daily life has not been put on hold: People are still attending entertainment events, going to ballgames, and getting out. Psychologically, the country appears to be finding its way.



 
 
 
 



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