New York City officials
say the unidentified remains of more than 1,000 people who died in
the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center will be preserved
in a permanent memorial at the site, known as ground zero.
The officials say the remains will be stored at the planned memorial
in the hope that science will one day find a way to identify them.
Investigators have been unable to identify the remains because
in most cases the DNA was badly damaged.
Since the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the medical
examiner's office has recovered almost 20,000 body parts and tried
to match them with nearly 2,800 people listed as missing. 1,271
victims remain unidentified.
Meanwhile, New York City is preparing to mark the second anniversary
of the September 11 terrorist attacks with ceremonies to be led
by the families of victims rather than politicians.
Other ceremonies are slated to honor those who died in attacks
on the Pentagon and in rural Pennsylvania.