FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 3, 2012
MARYLAND STATE ARTS COUNCIL ANNOUNCES NEW AUDIO TOUR FOR VISITORS TO THE 9/11 MEMORIAL OF MARYLAND
BALTIMORE, MD – The Maryland State Arts Council announced today that a new audio tour is now available to visitors of the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland, which was unveiled last September on the 10th anniversary of the attacks. The audio tour, which is intended as a cell phone tour to accompany visitors to the Memorial, educates listeners on the history of 9/11, explains the history and aesthetic design of the Memorial, and provides information on the 9/11 exhibit within the World Trade Center at the Top of the World. The free audio tour may be accessed by dialing (410) 767-7911.
Located on the plaza of the World Trade Center in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor, the 9/11 Memorial of Maryland commemorates the extraordinary heroism, commitment, and sacrifice of the 69 Marylanders who lost their lives in the September 11th attacks. The Memorial is free to the hundreds of tourists and educational groups, residents, and workers who visit the Inner Harbor each day.
“It is very moving to see how many people stop to touch the Memorial and remember the Marylanders lost in the September 11th attacks,” said Hannah Byron, Assistant Secretary of Tourism, Film, and The Arts, Department of Business and Economic Development.“The audio tour describes the elements that make the Memorial such a meaningful place for visitors to reflect on and learn more about that tragic day.”
Narrated by Aaron Henkin of WYPR, the tour highlights unique details of the Memorial, including that the World Trade Center building casts a shadow across the Memorial’s engraved timeline of the events that occurred on the morning of September 11th. The timeline starts at 8:46 a.m., when American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower of the New York World Trade Center, and marks the times of the tragic events that followed at the Pentagon, and in Shanksville, Pennsylvania and New York City. The shadow of the World Trade Center acts as a sundial that only on September 11th of every year moves across the timeline at the exact minute when each tragedy occurred.
The 9/11 Memorial of Maryland provides a special site to reflect upon the events of September 11, 2001. The Memorial is a vital civic landmark, honoring citizens across our State while providing a public space for remembrance. Donations are still being accepted for the conservation and care of the Memorial. To learn more about the Memorial or to donate, please visit www.maryland911memorial.org.
### The Maryland State Arts Council, an agency of the Maryland Department of Business & Economic Development, Division of Tourism, Film and the Arts, is dedicated to cultivating a vibrant cultural community where the arts thrive. The mission of the council is to encourage and invest in the advancement of the arts for the people of Maryland. For more information about the Maryland State Arts Council, visit the MSAC web site at www.msac.org or call (410) 767-6555 or TTY 1-800-735-2258.