Respect and remembrance were the order of the day on April 20 when County Executive Ike Leggett and other dignitaries dedicated the County’s new Public Safety Memorial located on the grounds of the soon-to-be completed Public Safety Headquarters at 100 Edison Park Dr. in Gaithersburg.
The first of its kind in the County, the memorial commemorates the courage and sacrifice of public safety personnel from the County’s Department of Police, Fire and Rescue Service, Sheriff’s Office, Maryland-National Capital Park Police, Montgomery County Division and Department of Correction and Rehabilitation who made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty.
The memorial was designed by nationally recognized artist Ted Clausen from Cambridge, MA. His mission was to create a memorial which honored each of the County’s public safety departments and reflected their vital relationship to each other. The memorial is entered by a pathway flanked by two stone pillars. “I designed this work to be a journey, leaving the public bustle of our everyday lives and moving toward the peace and introspection of the memorial space,” said Clausen. On the left side of the pathway are the American, State, County and Memorial Agency flags.
The circular site is defined by five granite memorial stones, one for each County Agency, arranged in a star-like pattern. One side of the stones features engraved comments from officers about the work they do and their interdependence with the other agencies. The other face of the stones contains engraved quotes from community members expressing their appreciation for the public safety agencies. On the top polished surface of the stones are the names of the fallen officers: 16 County Police Officers, 12 Firefighters, one Deputy Sheriff and one Park Police Officer. An engraved paving circle surrounds the site which also features a low bench to allow visitors to sit and reflect.
The memorial was funded by a public/private partnership. Funds continue to be needed for the upkeep of the memorial. Donations may be made to the Montgomery County Public Safety Memorial Fund, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization designated by the County Council to manage the funds. To learn more about the memorial and how to donate, visit www.creativemoco.com/public-art/public-safety-memorial.
Read more about the dedication.
Photos: TOP. A large crowd gathered for the memorial's dedication. MIDDLE: Hands of those who remember trace the name of a lost loved one engraved on top of the monument. BOTTOM. Standing by the monument, County Exceuitve Ike Leggett presents remarks.
CATEGORIES: Public Safety
POSTED AT: Thursday, April 26, 2012 | 8:00:00 AM