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Memorial To Montgomery County 9/11 Victims Overshadowed, Literally

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A new building in Rockville, Md., is eclipsing Montgomery County's tribute to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Montgomery County's memorial to its residents killed 11 years ago last week sits in Courthouse Square. It's a small tree-enclosed park in downtown Rockville. The $100,000 memorial has eleven benches, one for each victim. There is also a small metal plaque bearing the names of the victims. The tribute was designed so that at exactly 8:46 a.m., on the morning of each Sept. 11, the plaque would be bathed by the light of the sun, the precise time of the attacks.

The memorial has been overshadowed, quite literally, by a 114-foot courthouse annex being built right across the square. County officials say its too late to change the roofline of the building.

The one saving grace is that the sun is able to rise above the building and illuminate the plaque at 9:37 a.m., the time the Pentagon was attacked.

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