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Contact:  Tom Baxter – 412.559.0806 – tbaxter@911trail.org

September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance

Praises U.S. Senate for Passing a Resolution to Officially Recognize the Trail

New Eagle, PA, September 13, 2019 – The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, a not-for-profit organization leading the development of a 1,300-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail connecting the three 9/11 memorial sites in New York City, Arlington, VA, and Shanksville, PA, with communities in six states and Washington, DC, is pleased that the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 267 by unanimous consent on September 11 to recognize the September 11th National Memorial Trail “as an important trail and greenway all individuals should enjoy in honor of the heroes of September 11th.” The House of Representatives is considering a similar measure, House Resolution 384. 

“I am excited that the Senate passed the resolution exactly 18 years after the 9/11 terrorist attacks,” says Andy Hamilton, board chair, National September 11th Memorial Trail Alliance. “I appreciate the leadership of Senators Pat Toomey, Mark Warner and Bob Casey in persuading their colleagues to vote affirmatively for the development of a trail that honors the heroes of 9/11, as well as those who have fought for our freedom since our country was founded. The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a symbol of the American people’s resilience and perseverance.”  

“Completing the Trail will form an unbroken triangle among the National September 11 Memorial and Museum at the former site of the World Trade Center, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial outside of Washington and the Flight 93 National Memorial in western Pennsylvania. Its connectivity will be a reminder that America’s values and liberty can never be broken,” says David Brickley, founder of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance.  “It will also create economic opportunities for educational and recreational tourism in Delaware, Maryland, 

New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, DC.”  

“The Senate’s passage of Resolution 267 is a testament to the hard work and dedication of so many people,” adds Thomas Baxter, president of the Alliance. “I am hopeful that the House will soon act similarly to help our country preserve the memories of those who made the ultimate sacrifice on 9/11.”

Last weekend, the Alliance held its first-ever 911 Trail Challenge. The 24-mile round trip bike ride from Berlin, PA, to the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville engaged community partners and Trail enthusiasts while calling attention to the 

monumental events of September 11, 2001. Proceeds generated by the event will be stewarded by the Community Foundation for the Alleghenies in the organization’s 911 Trail Fund, which was created to facilitate development of the September 11th National Memorial Trail. The Community Foundation for the Alleghenies is based in Johnstown, PA, and promotes philanthropy in the Pennsylvania counties of Bedford, Cambria, Indiana and Somerset, where the Flight 93 National Memorial is located.

About the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance

The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance is a not-for-profit organization leading the development of a 1,300-mile bicycle and pedestrian trail connecting the three 9/11 memorial sites with communities in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and Washington, DC. More than 50 percent of the Trail is off-road, and the Alliance has been partnering with federal, state, county and municipal officials on 14 projects to connect more than 30 trails. The route includes New York City’s National September 11th Memorial, the Pentagon memorial in Arlington, VA, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA. The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance is based in New Eagle, PA, near Pittsburgh.

For more information, contact Tom Baxter, president, at 412.559.0806 or 

Andy Hamilton, chair, at 267.236.3407.     

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