WHO:          The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance and Dominion Foundation

WHAT:          will unveil the new Pentagon Memorial Trail Circuit Map

WHEN:         Thursday, March 27, 2014 at 2 p.m.

WHERE:         National Park Service’s Columbia Island Marina

DETAILS: 

The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance and the Dominion Foundation will be unveiling a commemorative trail map honoring the nearly 3,000 lives lost in America’s worst terrorist attack on September 11, 2001. The Pentagon Memorial Trail Circuit Map features a route that is a link between two of the three legs of the full trail connecting the Pentagon Memorial with New York City’s National September 11 Memorial and with the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The Circuit map is being announced jointly by the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance and the Dominion Foundation on Thursday March 27, 2014 at 2:00 PM at the National Park Service’s Columbia Island Marina located off of the George Washington Memorial Parkway opposite the Pentagon.

The Pentagon Memorial Trail Circuit Map, available on the Alliance’s website and as a printed version, was produced with the support of a $10,000 grant from Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources.  The map is a walking and cycling guide to the many memorials in Virginia and D.C. within easy distance of the Pentagon Memorial location next to the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

September 11th National Memorial Trail

September 11th National Memorial Trail

David Brickley, president of the September 11th National Memorial Alliance is effusive in his appreciation of the Dominion Foundation support.

“Dominion Foundation’s outstanding support for this project has enabled the Alliance to provide a user-friendly unofficial guide to the thousands of visitors to the Pentagon Memorial each year,” said Brickley. “Dominion Resources has been a great partner.  We also want to thank the leaders of the Pentagon Memorial Fund for their tremendous efforts in establishing the Pentagon Memorial.”

“The Dominion Foundation is proud to support the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance and their wonderful and thoughtful initiative that not only lifts up the men and women heroes who perished on September 11, 2001, but also lifts up a nation, “said Hunter Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation.

Bruce Dwyer, a board member of the September 11th Alliance, and noted Washington area cyclist said, “For years as a commuting and recreational cyclist, I have biked past these memorials in awe of their greatness.  I am hopeful the map will help others appreciate and honor the breadth of sacrifices made by so many to preserve and protect our great nation.”

The non-profit Trail Alliance is developing the trail based on the use of existing and planned trails and greenways, using roadways where necessary. It has received the support of the states Maryland, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, the National Park Service, the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy, the East Coast Greenway Alliance, the Great Allegheny Passage, the Pentagon Memorial Fund and the Federal Flight 93 Advisory Commission among others.  Two of the three legs of the connecting trail are already in place.

The first leg of the trail begins at the Pentagon Memorial extending north along the National Park Service’s 184-mile Chesapeake & Ohio National Historical Park (www.nps.gov/CHOH) which follows the Potomac River in Washington, D.C. to Cumberland, Maryland.  It then connecting to the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage (www.atatrail.org) completed to Pittsburgh under the leadership of The Great Allegheny Trail Alliance.  In planning is a rotue east for approximately 25 miles from the Great Allegheny Passage to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.

The 337-mile second leg from the Pentagon Memorial to New York City’s National September 11 Memorial & Museum aligns with the East Coast Greenway; a greenway being developed for non-motorized multi-use.  Under the direction of the East Coast Greenway Alliance (www.greenway.org) and called the “urban equivalent of the

Appalachian Trail”, this 3,000-mile planned greenway extends from Maine to Key West, Florida.  Significant success has been made on the development of the East Coast Greenway route from New York City through New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia and across the Memorial Bridge to the Pentagon in Virginia.  Currently approximately 28 percent of the route is off-road.

The third leg extends east from the Flight 93 National Memorial to New York City’s National September 11 Memorial & Museum.  This 440-mile segment will follow roads and existing or new trails to be built; especially taking advantage of Pennsylvania’s many rails-to-trails.  The Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources have been highly supportive and they are working with the Alliance in planning the route from Shanksville to the New Jersey line, where it would continue to New York City.  The New Jersey route from Pennsylvania to New York City will follow the Liberty Water Gap Trail.  This 130-mile system of trails links six trails from the Delaware Water Gap to the East Coast Greenway and the Hudson River Waterfront Walk.

The map/guide is available on the trail alliance’s website at www.911MemorialTrail.org , and at area bike shops and visitors centers.

Please note that the section of the route in the vicinity of the Pentagon reservation, which controls its use, is subject to change at any time.

For more information on the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance visit the website at www.911MemorialTrail.org or email at 911Trail@comcast.net .

 

 

September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance Pentagon Memorial Trail Circuit Event Map

March 27, 2:00 PM

Event Map

Event Map

Northbound on George Washington Memorial Parkway

Take Exit after Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport for 395 South.

Stay right and take immediate first exit, Exit 10 A (Boundary Channel Drive).

Merge right towards the North Parking lot of the Pentagon.

Continue on in the left lane around the Pentagon. The Pentagon Lagoon and Marina will be to the right.

Come to a stop sign. There will be a sign that says George Washington Memorial Parkway with an arrow to the right.

Turn right and enter Route 27 North (there will not be a sign for 27 North) for a short time (stay in right lane).

Take first exit on right to George Washington Memorial Parkway South. There is a sign for Lady Bird Johnson Park to the right on the exit ramp.

Merge right onto George Washington Memorial Parkway South.

Just past yield/merge sign, turn right into Columbia Island Marina (before the Humpback Bridge.

 

395 Northbound

Take right Exit 10 A (Boundary Channel Drive) just past Pentagon/Crystal City (before 14th Street Bridge to DC).

Merge right towards the North Parking Lot of the Pentagon.

Continue on in the left lane around the Pentagon.  The Pentagon Lagoon and Marina will be to the right.

Come to a stop sign. There will be a sign that says George Washington Memorial Parkway with an arrow to the right.

Turn right and enter Route 27 North (there will not be a sign for 27 North) for a short time (stay in right lane).

Take first exit right to George Washington Memorial Parkway South.  There is a sign for Lady Bird Johnson Park to the right on the exit ramp.

Merge right onto George Washington Memorial Parkway South.

Just past yield/merge sign, turn right into Columbia Island Marina (before the Humpback Bridge).

 

395 Southbound

Take right Exit 10 A (Boundary Channel Drive)—third exit after 14th Street Bridge.

Merge right towards the North Parking Lot of the Pentagon.

Continue on in the left lane around the Pentagon.  The Pentagon Lagoon and Marina will be to the right.

Come to a stop sign. There will be a sign that says George Washington Memorial Parkway with an arrow to the right.

Turn right and enter Route 27 North (there will not be a sign for 27 North) for a short time (stay in right lane)

Take first exit right to George Washington Memorial Parkway South.  There is a sign for Lady Bird Johnson Park to the right on the exit ramp.

Merge right onto George Washington Memorial Parkway South.

Just past yield/merge sign, turn right into Columbia Island Marina (before the Humpback Bridge)

 

North Arlington

Take Lee Highway to Spout Run Parkway (next to Lyon Village Shopping Center).

Stay right on Spout Run Parkway.

Spout Run Parkway becomes George Washington Memorial Parkway Southbound.

Continue on George Washington Memorial Parkway South.

Turn right into Marina after signs for Lyndon B. Johnson Memorial Grove and Columbia Island Marina (before the Humpback Bridge)

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