A Trail to Reflect: 9/11 Trail of Remembrance
For each and every person, remembering the tragedy of September 11th, 2001 is different. The September 11th National Memorial Trail is remembering the tragic day with nature. The trail is 1,400 miles long and connects the three attack sites, the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington VA and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania. Talking to Donna Bour of Bour Associates and Thomas Baxter, President of the September 11th National Memorial Trail, both showed nothing but passion and excitement when it came to the trail.
“It’s educational and cultural,” says Baxter. “It passes through several states during the trail and with that, you meet so many people from all different walks of life.” Baxter touched on some of the things he heard from people who have been on the trail. When asked his favorite one, he replied, “My favorite was talking to a woman who had taken her young son. She had said her favorite parts, ‘were the ones she hadn’t ridden or seen yet.’” As of right now, the Remembrance Trail is 51% off-road, with the goal of it being 100% in the future and ADA compliant.
When asked about the most popular ways people use the trail, there were a plethora of answers. Whether it’s by bike or on foot, this trail offers scenic views that are not to be missed. “One of my favorite parts about this trail,” Bour mentions. “Is the fact that these views can’t be accessed any other way. If you want to see them, then you have to be on the trail. They can’t be easily accessed by car which is what makes them so rare. Getting there, you have to work for it.” The most important thing that is asked of people while they are visiting the 9/11 Trail of Remembrance is that they remember to respect the path on which they travel.
“In times like these, it’s important to remain aware of state health legislation and to abide by the rules that are set in place for the health and safety of all citizens,” Baxter says. “While we want visitors to enjoy the trail, we ask them to take care of it too. It’s a public place that we want to keep in the best condition possible so that it can be appreciated for years to come.”
Are you interested in taking to the trail? On September 12th, 2020, the Trail Challenge will be hosted! Everyone is invited to participate. Registration can be done online on their website https://www.911trail.org/ and by going to the tab, ‘Trail Challenge.’