Above: President Joe Biden signs H.R. 2278, designating The September 11th National Memorial Trail Route, Wednesday, October 13, 2021, in the Oval Office of the White House. (Official White House Photo by Adam Schultz)
On Wednesday, October 13, 2021, President Biden signed H.R. 2278 into law. The legislation designates the “September 11th National Memorial Trail,” a trail route linking the National September 11th Memorial and Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania.
I am honored to have been part of the ceremony in the Oval Office. Prior to coming to PEC, I began working on the September 11th National Memorial Trail in 2007 during my tenure as the Trail Manager for Somerset County. While I have moved on from oversight of the development of the connection of the GAP to Flight 93, PEC has fostered my continued involvement in the project by allowing me dedicate time to serve on the Alliance’s Board of Directors and stay involved in its initiatives.
Almost remarkably, the legislation passed unanimously through both the House and the Senate, a rarity for Congress. While the signing is a crowning achievement for the 9-11 Trail, it was also a major milestone for trails across the nation as it has been years since a piece of trail legislation received Presidential ink and even longer since a signing took place in the Oval Office.