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PIKESVILLE, Md. —
The state’s only mobile 9/11 memorial got a very special addition Wednesday — a much sought-after piece of stone from the attack on the Pentagon.
It’s a somber site and one that stirs up a lot of emotions. In 2016, the Baltimore-based Hope and Peace Foundation created the state’s only mobile 9/11 memorial.
It has four bronze plaques honoring Marylanders killed on 9/11 and those who made the ultimate sacrifice in the war on terror since then.
“It gives us more of an opportunity to share the story of 9/11 (with) people, to actually see an artifact that came from the Pentagon from that attack,” said organizer Chuck Ritz.
Ritz said it took 18 months to convince government officials to donate the piece.
“They’ve never given a piece to do a rolling memorial before, so we are really fortunate and blessed about receiving that piece of stone,” Ritz said.
“I’m very grateful that our children and those who made the ultimate sacrifice will never ever be forgotten,” said Janice Chance, president of the Maryland chapter of Gold Star Mothers.
Chance’s son, a captain in the Marines, was killed in Afghanistan in 2008. Chance reached out to Gen. Joseph Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for the piece to honor all of those whose lives were cut short because of 9/11. It took some back and forth, but ultimately, an agreement was reached.
“This represents the sacrifices of those who died during the 9/11 (attacks) and subsequently after that — my son and all the others who raised the right hand to say that they would defend this nation from enemies, domestic and abroad,” Chance said.