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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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(Retired) Capt. Jack D. Punches

Age: 51

Hometown: Clifton, Va., USA

Occupation: Civilian employee, U.S. Navy

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"Jack and our son Jeremy played every day after dinner in the back yard since Jeremy was 6 or 7 years old. They'd take turns hitting and pitching, with our trees and fence marking bases and home runs. The two of them went through so many bats and whiffle balls; this ball got so split up they had to put tape all over it. Jeremy could win a few games every once in a while, but most of the time his dad would beat up on him. There's still a bare spot where the pitcher�s mound used to be. But grass is trying to grow over the top of it." Janice Punches, wife

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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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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