Trail of Tributes: September 11 Memorial Trail Honors America’s Fallen Heroes
This article is from the Fall 2016 issue of Rails to Trails magazine, which is hitting mailboxes in late September. It has been republished here in an edited format. Note: The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance is holding a ribbon cutting on Sept. 10 to celebrate the opening of a 21-mile segment of trail between the Flight 93 Memorial and Great Allegheny Passage at Garrett, Pennsylvania! Learn more.
The 9/11 memorial trail project is a fusion of three themes: pilgrimage and remembrance, nation-building and resilience, and trail connectivity.
On a bright June afternoon, Debby Borza leads a small group of visitors along a footpath overlooking hundreds of acres of green fields in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. She reflects on the once-scarred land of this abandoned strip mine, pointing out the newest changes to the landscape: 40 groves of 40 young maples. The groves were planted in memory of the 40 flight passengers and crew members who lost their lives here on the morning of September 11, 2001.
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