Flags and flowers adorn the names of victims during a...

Flags and flowers adorn the names of victims during a ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum's memorial pools on the 20th anniversary on Sept. 11, 2021. Credit: Craig Ruttle

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden on Wednesday signed into law legislation designating the National 9/11 Memorial Trail — a more than 1,300-mile pathway that connects the three fateful attack sites in New York, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

The trail — which currently exists as a network of bike and hiking trails that stretch from rural terrain to urban roadways — links the National September 11th Memorial & Museum in lower Manhattan, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va., and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pa.

"The trail is a 1,300-mile trail of remembrance and education that allows us to teach all of our generations about September 11 — the tragedies and the resiliency of the nation," said Andy Hamilton, chairman of the September Eleventh National Memorial Trail Alliance, a nonprofit group that has been working with state and local governments to build support for the trail.

Hamilton, in a phone interview with Newsday, said the federal designation will allow the alliance to work closely with the National Park Service and other federal agencies and state governments to coordinate signage.

The legislation, which passed with bipartisan support in the U.S. House and Senate, calls for the National Park Service to "create and adopt an official uniform symbol or device to mark the trail route" and to produce educational materials promoting the trail including handbooks and maps.

In New York City, the trail relies on the Hudson River Greenway along Manhattan’s west side as the route to the 9/11 museum.

Reps. Gerald Connolly (D-Va.), Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) served as the lead sponsors of the legislation, which passed the House of Representatives with a 423-0 vote in July and unanimously in the Senate earlier this month.

Rep. Andrew Garbarino (R-Bayport), who served as a co-sponsor of the legislation, said in an email to Newsday that "this trail honors the fallen and will help ensure that our commitment to Never Forget lives on for generations to come."

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