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Riggs Park in Washington, District of Columbia — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Legacy Memorial Park

District of Columbia Parks & Recreation

 
 
Legacy Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 24, 2018
1. Legacy Memorial Park Marker
Inscription. The Legacy Memorial Park is dedicated to honor the nine lives lost on June 22, 2009 as a result of an unprecedented train collision. Designed collaboratively by Hunt Laudi Studio with sculptor Barbara Liotta and built through a partnership between the DC commission on the Arts and Humanities and the Department of General Services, the park is intended as a space of reflection and joyous remembrance. Nine stone sculpted forms rise from earthen mounds, individually etched with a name, recalling souls that will never be forgotten. This park also symbolizes the collective experience shared by first responders, community members, and countless others whose lives were forever altered by the tragedy. Above the park, a canopy of London Planes will shade the greenspace and embody the overlapping network of families, friends, and neighbors that intersect on common ground below.

[Names of the victims of the crash listed:]
Cameron T. Williams
Jeanice E. McMillan
Dennis R. Hawkins
Ana Fernandez
Veronica Dubose
Lavonda King
Mandy Doolitle
Ann Wherley
David F. Wherley, Jr.
 
Erected by District of Columbia Department of Parks and Recreation.
 
Location. 38° 57.606′ 
Legacy Memorial Park Marker image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 24, 2018
2. Legacy Memorial Park Marker
N, 77° 0.447′ W. Marker is in Riggs Park, District of Columbia, in Washington. Marker is on South Dakota Avenue NE north of New Hampshire Avenue NE, on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 5801 South Dakota Ave NE, Washington DC 20011, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Defenses of Washington (here, next to this marker); Fort Slocum (approx. 0.3 miles away); WOOK-TV Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Marlon Francisco Morales (approx. 0.4 miles away); Original Federal Boundary Stone NE 3 (approx. half a mile away); In Memory of Those Who Lost Their Lives on June 22, 2009 (approx. 0.6 miles away); Fort Totten (approx. 0.8 miles away); a different marker also named Fort Totten (approx. 0.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .  June 2009 Washington Metro train collision (Wikipedia). "During the afternoon rush hour of June 22, 2009, a subway train-on-train collision occurred between two southbound Red Line Washington Metro trains in Northeast, Washington, D.C., United States. A moving train collided with a train stopped ahead of it; the train operator along with eight passengers were killed, and 80 people were injured, making it the deadliest crash in the history of the Washington Metro." (Submitted on March 26, 2018.) 
 
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Dedication text on the grounds of the park image. Click for full size.
By Devry Jones, March 24, 2018
3. Dedication text on the grounds of the park
The space inhabits the hearts of nine uncommon souls. They were put here to leave 'eternal love.' In stillness, you will hear their legacy speak the joyful stories of life. Perhaps you, too, will find it amongst the stars yet. However it reveals itself, the quality of their life will live beyond its purpose. Embrace love, peace, courage and strength. A legacy begins with you.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on March 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on March 24, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. This page has been viewed 43 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 24, 2018, by Devry Jones of Washington, District of Columbia. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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