U.S. Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Pat Toomey, R-Pa., have collaborated on a resolution that aims to recognize the 1,300-mile September 11th National Memorial Trail (NMT). The multiuse trail, first envisioned by Virginian David Brickley just days after the tragedy, is a network of roads and paths that connects the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, the Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, Pa., and the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City.
In the bipartisan resolution released on July 2, Warner wrote, “The September 11th National Memorial Trail provides an opportunity for Virginians to reflect on those we lost and those who sacrificed their lives saving others. I am proud to know that our resolution will recognize this important trail and continue to honor the brave individuals who fought for our freedom. I encourage folks across the commonwealth to take some time to appreciate the trail’s natural beauty and remember America’s heroes and their loved ones.”
Toomey noted, “September 11th, 2001, was one of the darkest days in American history, claiming the lives of thousands of American heroes. Pennsylvania remembers that had it not been for the sacrifice of those who overtook the terrorists on Flight 93, it could have been much worse. In the wake of these attacks, the very best of our country shined through. First responders performed extraordinary acts of valor, communities from across the country donated food, blood and money, and we honored those we lost. The September 11th National Memorial Trail connects key landmarks in a way that helps our country move forward positively and offers solemn remembrance to hallowed grounds.”
Although the resolution does not authorize federal funding for the trail, it does recognize the importance of the trail and urges all Americans to enjoy it in honor of the heroes of 9/11. Passage of the legislation also will bring publicity to the trail and help developers approach possible donors for the funds necessary for its completion. The senators expect the resolution’s passage before Sept. 11 — 18 years after that horrific day.
Good things happen when senators practice bipartisanship.
— Robin Beres