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World Trade Center in Baltimore Tapped as Site for Maryland 9/11 Memorial

Article - Saturday, September 11, 2010

Maryland State Arts Council

As the ninth anniversary of the September 11 terrorist attacks approaches, Governor Martin O’Malley today announced that the World Trade Center in Baltimore will be the site of the Maryland 9/11 Memorial. The memorial will be installed next year on the 10th anniversary of the attacks along the Inner Harbor building’s pedestrian promenade and will include a steel artifact from the Twin Towers in New York that will serve as the centerpiece. The Maryland 9/11 Memorial Advisory Committee, comprised of businesses, public safety personnel, artists, the victim’s families and other stakeholders, will oversee the installation.

"We can never forget the tragic events of 9/11, and it was important that Maryland create a lasting tribute to honor the many brave men and women who lost their lives that day, as well as the many heroes who fought tirelessly to save our fellow citizens,” Governor O’Malley. “We hope that Maryland’s 9/11 Memorial will serve as a place of inspiration, comfort and peace for generations to come.”

“This memorial will serve as a poignant reminder of the personal loss of 9/11 and the selfless sacrifice of so many police officers and firefighters who gave their lives while trying to save others,” Maryland State Police Superintendent Colonel Terrence B. Sheridan said. “The memorial will also be a constant reminder to all the dedicated members of Maryland’s public safety community of our solemn duty to be vigilant and to be prepared to protect the citizens of our state.”

“Honoring the men and women who lost their lives on 9/11 is a tremendous comfort for the families of the fallen,” said James J. Laychak, President of the Pentagon Memorial Fund who lost his brother David Laychak in the attack on the Pentagon. “I know at the Pentagon, 43 of those lost were Maryland residents and we have received great support from many Maryland first responders and officials. I want to thank Governor O’Malley for his efforts and I look forward to the creation of this important memorial in Baltimore.”