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Legacy Memorial Park Honoring 2009 Metro Accident Victims to Open Monday

Friday, June 19, 2015

CONTACT:
Olivia Dedner (EOM) – (202) 340-7692; [email protected]
Jeffrey Scott (DCCAH) – (202) 719-6528; jeffrey[email protected]

(WASHINGTON, DC) – On Monday, June 22, City Administrator Rashad M. Young will join Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton to open Legacy Memorial Park, a place to honor and remember the victims of the 2009 Metro accident.

Legacy Memorial Park pays tribute to the nine victims, first responders and others whose lives were altered by the collision of two southbound Metro trains between the Takoma and Fort Totten Metro stations on June 22, 2009.

The park includes nine individual sculptural artworks and a memorial wall with an inscription to remember those lost. Legacy Memorial Park allows for meditation, remembrance, reflection, hope and renewal for all affected by the tragedy.

The design team, sculptor Barbara Liotta and architects Lucrecia Laudi and Julian Hunt of Hunt Laudi Studio, were selected through a competitive process conducted by the Department of General Services and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The District chose the design team based on their thoughtful design which honored the victims and created a space for the public to reflect. 

WHEN:
Monday, June 22 at 11 am

WHO:
Rashad M. Young, City Administrator
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton
Lisa Richards Toney, Interim Director, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Jonathan Kayne, Interim Director, Department of General Services
Hunt Laudi Studio and sculptor Barbara Liotta

WHERE:
Legacy Memorial Park
Located at the corner of 5720 New Hampshire Avenue, NE and North Dakota Avenue, NE
*Closest Metro: Tacoma Park or Fort Totten on the Red Line, Bus lines K6 or K2*

In respect to the families remembering loved ones at this event, there will be a designated area for press on the Memorial grounds. Members of the media are requested to refrain from standups during the dedication ceremony.

Press interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP to [email protected]

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