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ANNAPOLIS, MD - JUNE 29: Lynne Griffin pays her respects at a makeshift memorial near the Capital Gazette where 5 people were shot and killed by a gunman on Thursday, on June 29, 2018 in Annapolis, Maryland. Griffin was a journalism student under John McNamara who was one of the people killed at the paper. Jarrod Ramos of Laurel Md. Has been arrested and charged with killing 5 people at the daily newspaper. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Today marks 2 years since the Annapolis Maryland newsroom shooting at the Capital Gazette. Maryland has announced plans for a memorial to honor and remember the lives that were lost on that day.

Maryland plans to award $300,000 for the construction of a new memorial honoring the “Guardians of Free Speech” as the statue will be called. The memorial will be located in an Annapolis park in Maryland, and will pay tribute to the slain Capital Gazette employees John McNamara, Gerald Fischman, Wendi Winters, Rob Hiaasen, and Rebecca Smith.

This brand new memorial will be unveiled in June 2021 on the three year anniversary of the shooting in which the employees were slain by a gunman who burst into the Annapolis newsroom and opened fire. The gunman pleaded guilty in the killings, but 5 employees had lost their lives.

The “Guardians of Free Speech” memorial will include five pillars in front of the text of the First Amendment carved in stone.

Today Marks 2 Years Since Annapolis Newsroom Shooting