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

Kathy Dillaber, a 9/11 survivor, dedicates countless hours to the Pentagon Memorial, although she wishes it had no reason to exist. Although she was fortunate enough to survive, she lost a part of herself that day - her sister Patty Mickley.
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Patricia E. (Patty) Mickley

Age: 41

Hometown: Springfield, Va., USA

Occupation: Financial manager, Defense Department

Location: Ground, Pentagon

"Patty revealed the beauty in the world to those around her. One way was through her special artistic talent--she created delicate porcelain dolls. These three were her favorites. One resembles our daughter Marie as a sleeping baby, and incredibly, Patty made it before Marie was born. The ballerina represents inspiration. Patty and Marie are both students of ballet--dancing to develop self-confidence, discipline, poise, creativity, excellence in life, and, of course, to have fun. The third, a little boy named Joseph, is Patty's favorite. However, as a toddler, Marie broke its foot. Patty's reaction: 'That's my daughter exploring life. The broken doll is no big deal.' She treasured our daughter over her own earthly pursuits. Marie has learned how fragile some things are in life." --Joseph Mickley, husband

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Source: The Washington Post, AP and

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

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