Reps. Brian Fitzpatrick, Gerald Connolly and Don Beyer introduced legislation to designate the “September 11th National Memorial Trail.” The Secretary of Interior would be authorized to designate a tour route to link the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
“Less than six months from now, our nation will collectively pause to remember the 20th anniversary of September 11th, 2001 — the day we watched unspeakable acts of evil unfold and incredible acts of sacrifice and heroism by the brave people of our great nation. Our bipartisan legislation designates a trail that connects each of the different sites attacked, providing us an ongoing opportunity to come together and reflect on that tragic day,” Fitzpatrick said. “I am proud to join Congressmen Connolly and Beyer in introducing this legislation that will help ensure we never forget the resilience of America and that we will always honor the many heroes and innocent lives our nation lost that day.”
The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a 1,300-mile system of trails and roadways that links the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville. It serves as a tribute to the fallen men and women who perished on Sept. 11, 2001. The trail is the result of a partnership among the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, National Park Service, state and local governments and other nonprofit organizations.
The trail’s design constitutes a triangular route that will start at the Pentagon Memorial. The trail will extend northwest to the Flight 93 National Memorial. It will then continue east to New York City’s National September 11th Memorial and Museum. The Trail then heads south following the East Coast Greenway connecting to the 9/11 Memorial Garden of Reflection. It then connects to the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and ultimately returns to the Pentagon Memorial.