On March 27, 2014, the September 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance announced the Pentagon Memorial Trail Circuit map at the National Park Service’s Columbia Island Marina located off of the George Washington Memorial Parkway opposite the Pentagon. Made possible by a generous grant of $10,000 by the Dominion Foundation, the map includes 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.
The Pentagon’s Michael Rhodes representing Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is appreciative of the Alliance’s goals to honor the lives lost, noting their efforts are consistent with the mission of 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,” he said.
The Trail allows for visitors from every walk of life to gain a greater recognition of the lives affected and lives lost on 9/11. Tom Heidenberger, an Alliance Board member who lost his wife at the Pentagon on 9/11 said, “The 9/11 Trail connects each of us to the events of that day.” 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 map, which is available on the Alliance’s website and as a printed version, is easy to use and available to all.
The entirety of the September 11th National Memorial trail connects the Pentagon Memorial in Washington, D.C, the National September 11th Memorial in New York City, and the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville, PA. The non-profit Trail Alliance is developing the trail based on the use of existing and planned trails and greenways, using roadways where necessary.
The map/guide is available on the trail alliance’s website at www.911MemorialTrail.org , and at area bike shops and visitors centers. Printed copies are also available free of charge with a $2.00 postage and handling fee. Mail your request to: September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance
5000 Liberty Woods Lane
Woodbridge, Virginia 22193