In the first tribute of its kind in more than a century, Governor Robert L.
Ehrlich, Jr. dedicated a plaque to four journalists who died in the
post-September 11, 2001 war on terrorism. The plaque was unveiled on October 1
before family, friends and colleagues of the fallen journalists at the National
War Correspondents Memorial in Burkittsville. Distinguished guests included
Secretary of the Interior, Gale Norton, Deputy Secretary of Defense, Paul
Wolfowitz, and NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw.
The State of Maryland is home to the country's only national monument dedicated to war correspondents. Built in 1896 by renowned Civil War journalist George Alfred Townsend to honor his fellow correspondents killed in conflict, the arch, which is 50 feet high and 40 feet wide, is located on South Mountain at Gathland State Park.