September 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance Visit’s Flight 93 National Memorial
On April 15, a small group of cyclists came riding into Flight 93 National Memorial dressed in red, white and blue. The September 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance Board of Directors led the first-ever complete bike ride connecting the three 9/11 memorial locations. The inaugural ride stretched 23-days, and covered almost 1,300 miles. The cyclists arrived at Flight 93 National Memorial around 10:00 am and were joined by members of the Friends of Flight 93 Board of Directors and staff. The group took part in a presentation from park ranger John Bernstiel inside the Learning Center before departing in the afternoon towards Johnstown. “It really means a lot to us that people come out here and help us memorialize these 40 individuals,” Bernstiel said. “The idea of being able to connect these sites via a trail system is going to have an impact beyond the idea of honoring these people – which is of the utmost importance – but it’s more about giving people the means to get out and see all these sites and do this as a pilgrimage-type trail, which I don’t think we really have in the United States,” Brett Hollern, Somerset County’s trail manager, said. “This ride is a great way to build awareness of this national trail,” said Brad Clemenson, a member of the trail group’s advisory board and coordinator of Lift Johnstown. “I’m especially excited because more people will realize that this trail is coming right through the heart of Johnstown.”
You can keep track of the September 11 National Memorial Trail through their website at https://www.911trail.org/. Source: Dave Sutor, The Tribune-Democrat.
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