By Pat Warren

BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Maryland is building a monument to 9/11.  Tuesday, the state received artifacts from the north tower from the World Trade Center in New York. Pat Warren reports it’s the state’s first steps toward creating a memorial at Baltimore’s own World Trade Center. 

Steel beam remnants from the north tower of the World Trade Center symbolize the sacrifice and survival of the American spirit represented by people like James Laycock, whose brother was a 9/11 victim at the Pentagon.

“One by one, my dad, my uncle and my other brother Dave all had reason to be at the Pentagon and we kept waiting to hear from Dave because everybody else checked in and we knew they were okay and I just kept expecting him to walk up the street because he was so close,” Laycock said.  “Traffic was crazy that day and he didn’t have a cell phone and he never came.  So that’s what started me then on this journey.”

The journey from New York to Baltimore has been a long one, starting with a Maryland delegation’s visit to JFK Airport, where artifacts from the Twin Towers were housed.  The beams were chosen and transported and will be stored temporarily at the Marine Terminal in Dundalk.  The beams’ arrival there Tuesday was cause for ceremony.

“It will be a reminder for this and future generations of the tragedy of that terrible day,” said Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake.

“For the dignity we share as Americans, for the dignity of the belief that we are all in this together, that each one of us matters,” said Governor Martin O’Malley.

The permanent monument will stand at the World Trade Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor.  A second small piece will be installed at the top of the tower.


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