ABOUT THE MEMORIAL

MEMORIAL DESIGN

All memorials are about time. This is especially true of the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland, honoring those from our State who perished in the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Looking East — 9:37 a.m.
Assessment and study of the artifact
Assessment and study of the artifact

9/11 is no longer just another date on the calendar. It is a date that marks a turning point, a day that separates two eras—a time that has changed us forever. And so time, loss, change and resilience inform the design of this memorial.

The immense white marble stones that comprise the base recall geologic time. Marble has been used for millennia to create durable monuments, evoking historical time. The individual stones work together to support the twisted steel relic from the North Tower of the World Trade Center. This artifact's deformation dramatically illustrates the terrible force and power of the destruction on that day. Moreover, rust from the steel artifact will patinate the individual stones, indelibly changing them over time, so the steel and the stone will evolve together as the years pass.

Time Markers

Like the gnomon of a sundial, Baltimore's World Trade Center casts a shadow that slowly moves across the memorial. Every September 11, the shadow will cross inscriptions indicating the time of the events that morning ten years ago:

8:46 AM
American Airlines Flight 11 crashes into the World Trade Center North Tower.
memorial illustration at 8:45 AM
9:03 AM
United Airlines Flight 175 crashes into the World Trade Center South Tower.
memorial illustration at 9:03 AM
9:37 AM
American Airlines Flight 77 crashes into the Pentagon.
memorial illustration at 9:37 AM
9:59 AM
The South Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.
memorial illustration at 9:59 AM
10:03 AM
United Airlines Flight 93 crashes near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
memorial illustration at 10:03 AM
10:28 AM
The North Tower of the World Trade Center collapses.
memorial illustration at 10:28 AM
10:50 AM
Pentagon wall collapses.
memorial illustration at 10:28 AM


The names and birthdays of the fallen are grouped around the locations where they fell. The time they had was cut short.