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BALTIMORE (WJZ)– Sixty-eight Marylanders died in the Sept. 11 attacks. Now we’re getting a first look at the memorial to them.

Andrea Fujii has the story.

The 9/11 memorial of Maryland is nearly halfway complete. It’s placed aptly in front of Baltimore’s World Trade Center and will be unveiled Sept. 11 to mark the 10-year anniversary of the attacks.

“I think people will slow down just a minute and take a look back at where they were,” said Douglas Bothner, memorial architect.

This is what it looks like. Two tons of mangled steel beams from the wreckage will be purposefully laid on a marble bed.

“We all are vertical beings and when we lie down in our final resting place, it speaks,” Bothner said.

That steel should be arriving in late August. It’s said to have spanned between the 94th and 96th floors of the North Tower.

Marylander Steve Peck escaped.

“The firefighters and police officers that gave their life that day, 30,000 of us got out,” Peck said.

Maryland victims’ names will be carved into the marble. Once the memorial is revealed everyone will be able to touch part of American history.

“It’s an opportunity much like in New York to show our appreciation for their sacrifice,” said Camila Clark, of the Maryland Office of Tourism.

The local 9/11 memorial ceremony will be Sept. 11 at 3 p.m.

To learn more, click here.

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