Deciphering DC: Legacy Memorial Park

Legacy Memorial Park
Legacy Memorial Park

Walking in DC always provides ample opportunities to discover new things. On the way to the new ANXO Cidery & Tasting Room, one such place presented itself – the Legacy Memorial Park.

The Memorial Park is meant to honor those nine people who lost their lives on the Metro train collision on June 22, 2009. As well as those that were injured, their families and the first responders. Construction began in 2014 and it opened on June 22, 2015 – the sixth year anniversary of the accident.

The park is located right near the spot where the accident occurred. It is a place for contemplation and remembering. Each stone column represents one victim, with their name inscribed on the granite.

As we discovered the purpose of the park by reading the placards, it was sobering to remember that so many people died that day.

Victims of the June 22, 2009 collision:
Ana Fernandez, 40
Mary Doolittle, 59
Veronica DuBose, 29
Dennis Hawkins, 64
LaVonda King, 23
Jeanice McMillan, 42
Ann Wherley, 62
Maj. Gen. David F. Wherley Jr., 62
Cameron Williams, 37

One of the engravings speaks:

“The space inhabits the hearts of nine uncommon Souls. They were put here to leave eternal love.”

Until next time.

Author: Jeremy Bailey

Writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.

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