ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) -- With hymns, Scripture readings and speeches from military leaders, relatives and friends paid their respects Thursday at Arlington National Cemetery to the 184 victims of last year's terrorist attack on the Pentagon.
"While there's nothing one of us can do to bring back those loved ones, we can celebrate who they were, how they lived their lives and remember how their lives were lost, in a struggle dedicated to the eternal truth of freedom and the human spirit," Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld said.
Rumsfeld spoke next to a flag-draped casket containing cremated remains from the Pentagon rubble that could not be identified. For five of the victims, the internment in Arlington will be the only burial because no remains were confirmed to be theirs.
The five include a 60-year-old retired Army colonel and a 3-year-old girl killed with her parents and sister aboard hijacked American Airlines Flight 77.
Relatives of the victims sat solemnly, some hugging and weeping, others wiping away tears, as the crowd sang "Amazing Grace" and listened to eulogies from military chaplains.
"Know that your country shares your sorrow, mourns your loss and prays that God will comfort you," Rumsfeld told the families.
A five-sided granite marker bearing the 184 names will stand over a shared grave at the Arlington National Cemetery -- the nation's most prestigious burial ground -- holding the unidentified remains.
The 4-foot-5-inch-tall marker, with names of the dead inscribed on aluminum plaques, will be placed over the grave later, said Jennifer Lafley, spokeswoman for the Army Military District of Washington. The Army oversees Arlington cemetery.
Most of the 64 victims already interred at Arlington are nearby under simple headstones, within sight of the repaired Pentagon.
In some cases, as recovery efforts continued, additional remains were identified after a person was buried. Some of their families chose to have those fragments held for the common burial site, Lafley said.
Arlington is generally reserved for active duty personnel, military retirees, retired reservists who reach age 60, winners of the military's highest decorations, and former prisoners of war. Their spouses also qualify.
Among the 275,000 people buried there are presidents John F. Kennedy and William Howard Taft, the crew of the Space Shuttle Challenger, and veterans of every war the United States has fought.
A year and a day after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, all of the dead from the Pentagon attack also share in the honors of Arlington.
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