President Biden signed legislation designating the September 11th National Memorial Trail, a route linking the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pa.
Among those present for the ceremony in the Oval Office were Congressman Brian Fitzpatrick (PA-01) and Congressman Gerald Connolly (VA-11), who introduced the bill. It had passed the House of Representatives 423-0 and in the Senate by unanimous consent.
“With the signing of this bill into law, this huge and historic milestone that is the September 11th National Memorial Trail becomes a lasting legacy that will forever serve as a symbol of American resilience,” said Fitzpatrick.
“With this federal designation, the 9/11 National Memorial Trail will continue to serve as an active memorial to those who passed on 9/11, those who served as heroes, and the family and friends that provide an inspiration to those who will use the trail today and for generations to come,” said Tom Baxter, president of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance.
The trail is a 1,300-mile system of trails and roadways that are a symbol of resiliency and character that links the World Trade Center in New York, the Pentagon in Washington and the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville.
Starting at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, the trail will extend northwest to the Flight 93 National Memorial. It will then continue east to New York City’s National September 11 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.