With the anniversary of September 11th one week away, a new trail is coming to Somerset County starting next week.
It’s called the September 11th National Memorial Trail.
At a groundbreaking ceremony Friday, organizers say the trail won’t just be a place for hiking and biking, but also a place for remembrance and reflection.
The trail will connect three 9/11 sites:
The Flight 93 Memorial in Shanksville, the World Trade Center Memorial site in New York City, and the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, VA.
In all, the trail will be 1,300 miles, and about 20 of those miles will be right here in Somerset County.
“We want these next generations, who sometimes don’t know what the history is about…when they’re on this trail, to understand what the history is, of what has made America so great and so wonderful,” said David Brickley, 9/11 National Memorial Trail Alliance founder.
Somerset County’s section of the trail will start at the Great Allegheny Passage Trail Head in Garrett Borough.
It will then hop onto an abandoned rail bed, travel through Berlin Borough, and finally make it to Shanksville.
“The Great Allegheny Passage in itself has brought so much tourism to the area. We’re excited to have this part of the trail come through our area as well. We’re going to be bringing bike riders from the Great Allegheny Passage through these other communities and onto the 9/11 trail, seeing that it’s going to connect,” said Lindsay Pyle, Somerset County Parks and Trails Director.
Organizers say signage will be displayed throughout the trails dedicated to 9/11.
It’s expected to be finished up in the Spring.