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Posted at 6:02 PM ET, 06/14/2010

Memorial set for Red Line crash victims

By Washington Post editors

Metro will hold a memorial ceremony to honor the victims of the Red Line Crash on Tuesday, June 22, marking one year since nine people were killed and 80 injured in the rail system's deadliest crash.

The ceremony will be held 10 a.m. at Fort Totten Park, according to a letter sent to victims' families from Metro Interim General Manager Richard Sarles.

In the June 9 letter, Sarles said the service would commemorate "the tragic events" of June 22 and include remarks from non-denominational clergy and dignitaries, as well as musical selections performed by Metro employees. The ceremony will also include the unveiling of a cast bronze plaque listing the names of the victims, and the presentation of a memorial wreath, according to the letter which was provided to the Post by a relative of a victim.

Metro has not yet announced to the general public any details about the ceremony.

"June 22, 2009 was the most tragic day in Metro's history," Sarles wrote. "We want to remember your loss and all those impacted by the tragedy as well as share in the healing process."

Last week relatives of some victims had voiced frustration that they had not learned about Metro's planned memorial service or been asked for their input.

-- Ann Scott Tyson

By Washington Post editors  | June 14, 2010; 6:02 PM ET
Categories:  DC, Maryland, Traffic and Transportation, Virginia  | Tags:  metro, metro crash, red line, richard sarles  
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