From Harford County Government:
Harford County Executive David R. Craig joined more than 1,300 other elected officials, business representatives, friends and family members of those who perished in the 9/11 attack on America, for the dedication of the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland at the World Trade Center Plaza in Baltimore. The ceremony was held on the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on the United States.
The hour-long ceremony honored the 68 Marylanders who perished at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and Flight 93 in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
Among the officials attending were Governor Martin O’Malley, former Governor Parris N. Glendenning, former Governor Harry Hughes, U. S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings Blake, former members of Congress as well as first responders from throughout the State of Maryland.
The 9/11 Memorial of Maryland honors the extraordinary heroism, commitment and sacrifice of the 68 Marylanders who died during the attack on America, as well as the efforts of first responders who rushed to aid others during the events of September 11, 2001.
The 9/11 Memorial of Maryland includes a 22-foot long steel artifact, consisting of three twisted and torn steel columns from the North Tower of the World Trade Center in New York. Additionally the Memorial includes three large limestone pieces from the west was of the Pentagon and three large polished black granite columns representing the crash of Flight 93 near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
The 9/11 Memorial of Maryland includes an exhibit on the 27th floor of the World Trade Center which includes a smaller steel artifact from the Twin Towers and the names and photographs of each of the Marylanders that were lost during the terrorist attack.
The Memorial is funded by public and private donations and will be administered by the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Department of Business and Economic Development.
Commenting on the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland dedication ceremony, County Executive David R. Craig stated, “Much like December 7, 1941, the date September 11, 2001 will live in the hearts and minds of Americans for generations to come. I was honored to be asked to attend the official 9/11 Memorial of Maryland dedication. It was a special day to honor the sacrifice of those who lost their lives on a day when terrorist challenged the very freedom and sanctity of this great nation,” County Executive Craig remarked