9/11 Memorial of Maryland Dedicated on 10th Anniversary of Attacks
On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland was dedicated at Baltimore’s World Trade Center to honor the 68 Marylanders who lost their lives at the Pentagon, New York’s World Trade Center and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The memorial rests on the plaza of Baltimore’s World Trade Center where 1,000 guests, including the victims’ families, first responders, supporters and the public, joined in a light rain to be a part of the dedication program to honor those lost and remembered.September 08, 2011Press Release
Two-hundred family members, guests and the public joined the Morgan State University Choir in the singing of the National Anthem as the program began.
Gov. Martin O’Malley, Sen. Barbara A. Mikulski, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Memorial Committee Chair Randall (Rand) Griffin looked out on a sea of umbrellas as they spoke about the tragedy of 9/11 and the spirit of the country.
“In less than two hours our world changed that day,” said Randall Griffin as he explained that the memorial was designed by Ziger/Snead Architects so that Baltimore's World Trade Center casts a shadow that slowly moves across the memorial. Each September 11th, the shadow will cross inscriptions marking each event that occurred on the 2001 morning. See shadow progression here: http://www.maryland911memorial.org/about-the-memorial/memorial-design
“The story of resilience is the story of September 11th and the courage, the remembrance, the renewal and what we choose to do with that is the story of America,” said Governor O’Malley.
The rain lifted, the drape that covered the side of the memorial where victims’ names were engraved was removed, and the choir hummed My County ‘Tis of Thee as the name of each Maryland victim was read. This was the first opportunity for family members to see their relative’s names on the Maryland Memorial.
The program came to an ended with the choir’s rendition of America the Beautiful. As the line from ...from sea to shining sea was sung two National Guard jets performed a flyover. Many of the families remained after the end of the service. Some of them spent the time talking with one another and some took the opportunity to rub charcoal on tracing paper over their loved one’s etched name to forever have a remembrance of the memorial ceremony that marked the 10th anniversary of September 11, 2001.
To date, corporations, local governments, foundations and individuals have contributed nearly $1 million to the memorial fund and more than $200,000 in in-kind services. Donations are still being accepted to meet the memorials financial obligation of $ 2million.