On the 18th anniversary of the September 11th terror attacks, the U.S. Senate spoke with one voice to honor the heroes of that horrific day.
A bipartisan resolution offered by Sens. Pat Toomey, R-Pa., Bob Casey, D-Pa., and Mark R. Warner, D-Va., that commemorates the historical significance of the September 11th National Memorial Trail has been unanimously approved by the Senate.
The September 11th NMT is a 1,300 mile network of roads and paths that connect the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City, N.Y., and the 9/11 Memorial Garden of Reflection in Yardley, Pa..
The NMT also passes through parts of Maryland, West Virginia, New Jersey, and Washington, D.C.
“On September 11th, we remember the atrocities that were brought upon our country. We remember the lives lost and the destruction that was caused,” Toomey said. “But we also remember the heroes. The first responders that raced into burning and collapsing buildings, the communities that came together to donate food, blood, and money.
“And we remember the exceptional bravery of those aboard Flight 93,” said Toomey. “The September 11th National Memorial Trail serves as another tribute and remembrance of that fateful day and it’s fitting that the Senate came together to unanimously approve this measure.”
The sacrifices made by so many on that day must never be forgotten, Warner said.
“Virginia and our nation will forever remember the events of September 11, 2001,” said Warner. “While we can never repay the sacrifices of our first responders or their families, the September 11th National Memorial Trail provides an opportunity for every American to remember the courageous individuals who sacrificed so much that day.”
Casey spoke of the selfless bravery of the first responders.
“Today, we remember the lives lost 18 years ago on September 11th, 2001,” said Casey. “We must honor those who showed valor and courage, like the heroes on Flight 93 and the first responders who risked their lives to save others in New York and Washington.
“Their acts of selflessness and bravery in the midst of that day’s attack united us as a nation, and continue to inspire us to defeat those who invoke terror on the world,” Casey said. “The Senate’s passage of this measure is a fitting way to honor that selfless legacy for years to come.”
According to Toomey’s office, the trail starts at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., and follows the Mount Vernon Trail, extending north along the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historical Park; connects at Cumberland, Md., with the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage, which the Trail then follows to Garrett in Somerset County, Pa.; then turns northeast and continues for approximately 21 miles to the Flight 93 National Memorial; and then continues east through the communities and historic sights of Pennsylvania until arriving at the 130-mile Liberty Water Gap Trail in New Jersey, which the Trail then follows to New York City; and then continues to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City; and then returns south, following important sections of the East Coast Greenway and connecting the 9/11 Memorial Garden of Reflection to the trail; continues along the National Mall in Washington, D.C.; and ends at the Pentagon Memorial.