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Va. Has Anti-Terror License Plate

July 2, 2002

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ARLINGTON, Va. (AP) _ As more red, white, and blue come out for the Fourth of July, thousands of Virginia drivers are making plans to keep those colors on their cars permanently.

Arlington police unveiled Virginia’s new ``Fight Terrorism″ license plate with a design called ``Remembrance″ at a ceremony outside the Pentagon Tuesday. They presented the first plate to the widow of American Airlines flight 77 pilot Capt. Charles Burlingame, whose plane was used as a weapon in the Pentagon attack Sept. 11.

``For the families who lost a loved one, each day brings new pain and requires more courage,″ said Sheri Burlingame. She said the commemorative license plates ``give us strength and remind us we are not alone.″

Burlingame encouraged other states to offer patriotic plates.

The design was discovered on a makeshift memorial outside the Pentagon and traced to Texas graphic artist David Paranteau.

The plate features a Pentagon with a flag at the bottom, and the ``11″ of the September 11th date depicts the twin towers of New York’s World Trade Center.

Virginia’s Department of Motor Vehicles has taken about 2,000 orders for the new plates, which cost an extra $10. DMV Commissioner Ab Quillian said they will begin processing the orders this week, and hope to have them ready for customers in August, before the first anniversary of the attacks.

People living outside Virginia can purchase a mock-up of the plate for $20.

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