Winding Through Valley Forge, 1,300-Mile Trail Memorializing 9/11 Progresses Slowly

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The national 9/11 memorial trail that will wind through Valley Forge National Park in both Chester and Montgomery counties is slowly progressing. Image via the Montgomery County Planning Commission.

The national 9/11 memorial trail that will flow through Valley Forge National Park in Chester and Montgomery counties is slowly progressing, writes Dave Heller for NewsWorks.

The goal of the trail is to connect the three sites that were attacked on Sept. 11, 2001 with 1,300 miles of biking and walking trails, along with less-busy roadways. A recently completed, 21-mile segment of the trail was opened on this year’s anniversary of the attacks with a ribbon-cutting ceremony in Shanksville.


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The idea to connect New York City to the Pentagon and the site of the Flight 93 crash in Shanksville with a trail was formed a few days after the attacks at the Mid-Atlantic Governors Conference on Greenways, Blueways, and Green Infrastructure. Soon after, a nonprofit was formed to plan and develop the trail.

For now, the trail currently does not have a target completion date, and Andy Hamilton, board chair of the September 11 National Memorial Trail Alliance, believes that the work could take decades.

“I would like to say 20 years, but I’d like to also say that our children or our children’s children may be the ones wrapping up the last and most difficult pieces,” he said.

Read more about the 9/11 memorial trail at NewsWorks by clicking here.

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