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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: 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, Debby Borza left leads visitors along a footpath near the Flight 93 memorial, where 40 people lost their lives during the September 11,attacks.
The Pennsylvania strip mine—one of three sites marking the worst terrorist attack in U. The two women are coming from the main park entrance—which means they must have ridden Route 30, a dangerous stretch of road for bikes.
She introduces herself and asks if they need help or directions. Department of State CC by 2. It links to the Flight 93 memorial via a newly acquired rail right-of-way from Garrett, Pennsylvania. Second, the trail is a tour of landmarks that focuses on themes of American nation-building and resilience.
Finally, the September 11th National Memorial Trail marks a bold new experiment in trail connectivity. The wiggly lines of the route map bear witness to the hundreds of partners—big and small, public and private—that made the vast triangle complete.
The visionary behind it, David Brickley, is a former Virginia lawmaker and longtime champion of linear parks.
Then director of the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, Brickley had planned a multi-state conference for Sept. Photo courtesy Marabuchi CC by 2. The concept of linked memorials had never before driven a U. As Brickley and his board quickly discovered, the commemorative goal would unify trail stakeholders at all levels.
But as of July 1, bikes will be allowed [by the Maryland Transportation Administration]. This is a group everyone pays attention to. Rather than aim for the most direct route, Thomas proposed a path that zigged and zagged through other heritage corridors such as the Johnstown Flood Memorial, Gettysburg National Military Park and Main Line Canal—seeking out community input as he mapped the alignment.
King, who assisted in mapping the east-west route, says the trail highlights pieces of American history unfamiliar to many. The tiny town of Berlin, in Somerset County, Pennsylvania, for example, was the headquarters of the Whiskey Rebellion.
In fact, it would not exist at all if not for the connections already forged by such trails as the GAP and East Coast Greenway.
What is unique about the NMT is that its founders sought to piggyback along existing trails rather than merge them. Nee first heard about the NMT project through a local colleague.
The most important of those donations, a acre right-of-way connecting the Flight 93 memorial to the GAPcame just this year from the railroad company CSX.
Congressman Bill Shuster R-Pa. The vision of a completed triangle of memorials has become a reality, though parts of the trail still await signage and improvements.
Brenner believes memorial trips like his inaugural ride will become common, beginning with long-distance cyclists and widening to include day-trippers, hikers, motorcycle groups and drivers. The trail, he says, is a work in progress, and like the Appalachian Trailit will continue to evolve.
He predicts the communities it passes through will see economic and cultural revival as towns along the GAP have. Trail founder Brickley also believes the trail will bring new life to the communities along its path—and cites plans to seek a federal trails designation and pursue funding for more improvements.
Most of all, Brickley like every other person interviewed for this article expresses hope that the contagious spirit of unity and cooperation will continue, in a national mission that uses the power of trails to point to shared remembrances and heritage.
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