Ada L. Mason-Acker
Hometown: Springfield, Va., USA
Occupation: Civilian employee, U.S. Army
Location: Ground, Pentagon
"She liked lilies; they were her favorite flowers. They were bright like her personality. She would buy them regularly, not just for special occasions, to brighten up the house. She would keep them on the dining room table." --Shannon Mason, daughter
Source: The Washington Post, AP and washingtonpost.com
The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.
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