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September 11 Memorial: Remembering the victims who died at the World Trade Center and Pentagon, and in Pennsylvania

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Lt. Col. David M. Scales

Age: 44

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Occupation: U.S. Army, U.S. Army

Location: Ground, Pentagon


"David started playing the piano by ear when he was 9. He sounded so terrible, his parents decided he should have lessons. He began composing beautiful music from the beginning. Music was his second love (God was first), and it was pure magic when his fingers touched the keyboard. He obtained a degree in music composition and theory from the University of Cincinnati Conservatory of Music in 1979, and continued to compose and play the piano every day until his death. He played with a Washington trio called Bridges to Bliss and often donated his services entertaining residents of Lynchburg nursing homes. On his urn, I had musical notes inscribed with 'Heaven's Newest Composer.' David was the most joy-filled human being I have ever known. My son and I were blessed to be his third love (family)."

Trisha Scales, wife

Source: The Washington Post, AP and

The profiles in this feature were written in the months following Sept. 11, 2001.

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A day after the 9/11 attacks a makeshift memorial was created on the Arlington Memorial Cemetery fence. Seven years later, the first 9/11 memorial is opening.

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