The tragedy of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in the United States will live on in the memory of the American people, as will the memory of the spontaneous goodwill and sympathy shown by people in Japan for the victims and their families.

To express its appreciation for Japan's warm response immediately after the attacks, the U.S. Embassy in Tokyo will plant a Japanese maple tree outside its gates and hold a memorial candlelight gathering on the day of the first anniversary, U.S. government sources said recently.

After the devastating incident, U.S. embassies around the world were inundated with bouquets and expressions of sympathy for those killed in the attacks. In Tokyo, the area outside the embassy's front gate was covered with bouquets.