MORRISTOWN, NJ. - Starting on April 11 through May 23, the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance will be hosting and riding in the first-ever complete bike ride along the trail, connecting the three 9/11 memorial locations, the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93 Memorial.
The community is invited to attend the ceremony on Tuesday, April 24 at 4:30 p.m. at the Morris County September 11th Memorial, located on West Hanover Avenue across from the Morris View Healthcare Center and adjacent to the Morris County Public Safety Academy.. Local dignitaries will be in attendance for a brief ceremony and to welcome the riders. The Morris County Park Commission will be hosting the welcoming ceremony along with the Equestrian Team of the Park Police of Morris County.
In Morris County, the trail currently uses the same footprint as the Morris County Park Commission ‘signature’ trail, Patriots’ Path and transverses through 11 towns, including East Hanover, Hanover, Parsippany, Morris Township, Morristown, Mendham Township, Randolph, Chester Township, Chester Borough, Washington Township, and Mount Olive.
“We are privileged to have a trail with so much meaning within our county,” said Dave Helmer, Executive Director of Morris County Park Commission. “We thank those who have put in the time and effort into making this trail a success so the community can enjoy it for recreational purposes, while recognizing and remembering those impacted by the 911 tragic events.”
Beginning in 2004, the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance was formed to establish a memorial trail that links both the planned and existing memorial sites dedicated to September 11th, including the World Trade Center, Pentagon, and Flight 93 Memorial. The alliance’s vision is to unite fellow Americans, trail enthusiasts, organizations, and the families effected from the attacks, and to work together to make the trail a reality.
“The complete ride will take 23 days and cover 1,200 miles,” said Andy Hamilton, President of the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance. “The goal is to test the current mapped route, increase awareness and activity along the trail, and support local communities currently making improvements on their segments of the trail.”
While multi-day participation is closed to outside bike riders, there will be opportunities for local riders to meet the board members and learn more about the trail.
For more information about the September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, please visit www.911trail.org.
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