H. R. 2278
IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
March 29, 2021
Mr. Connolly (for himself, Mr. Fitzpatrick, and Mr. Beyer) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources
To authorize the Secretary of the Interior to designate the September 11th National Memorial Trail, and for other purposes.
September 11th National Memorial Trail
In this section:
The term Park means the Flight 93 National Memorial.
The term Secretary means the Secretary of the Interior, acting through the Director of the National Park Service.
The term States means Virginia, Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and the District of Columbia.
The term Trail means the September 11th National Memorial Trail Route designated under subsection (b).
Establishment of trail route
The Secretary, with concurrence of the agency having jurisdiction over the relevant roads, may designate a tour route, to be known as the
September 11th National Memorial Trail Route, to link the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Somerset County, Pennsylvania. The September 11th National Memorial Trail shall—
provide for a tribute to the family members and loved ones who were victims of the attack and the heroes of September 11th, including the first responders in the days, weeks, and months after the attack;
be a Trail of Remembrance to honor the fallen in a tangible way that keeps their memories alive and reaffirms the exceptionalism of our country; and
be a celebration of our Nation's resilience and perseverance since its founding as well as a promotion of our cultural and industrial heritage.
The Trail shall form an unbroken triangular trail of approximately 1,300 miles as follows:
Starting at the Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia, following the Mt. Vernon Trail;
then extending north along the 184-mile Chesapeake and Ohio Canal National Historic Park where it connects at Cumberland, Maryland, with the 150-mile Great Allegheny Passage and follows to Garret in Somerset County, Pennsylvania;
turning northeast and continuing for approximately 21 miles to the Flight 93 National Memorial;
continuing east through the communities and historic sights of Pennsylvania, until arriving at New Jersey’s 130-mile Liberty Water Gap Trail, then follows to New York City and continues to the National September 11 Memorial and Museum;
returning south following important sections of the East Coast Greenway and connecting Pennsylvania’s 9–11 Memorial Garden of Reflection to the Trail;
continuing through New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, and the District of Columbia; and
ending at the Pentagon Memorial.
The Trail shall be administered by the Secretary through the Park.
To facilitate the establishment of the Trail and the dissemination of information regarding the Trail, the Secretary shall—
produce and disseminate appropriate educational materials regarding the Trail, such as handbooks, maps, exhibits, signs, interpretive guides, and electronic information;
coordinate the management, planning, and with participating properties, other Federal agencies, State, and local governments, and nonprofit entities;
create and adopt an official, uniform symbol or device to mark the Trail; and
issue guidelines for the use of the symbol or device adopted under paragraph (3).
Elements of trail route
Subject to the consent of the owner of the property, the Secretary may designate as an official stop on the Trail—
all units and programs of the Park relating to the attacks of September 11th;
other Federal, State, local, and privately owned properties that the Secretary determines have a verifiable connection to the attacks of September 11th and our Nation’s sacrifices since its founding; and
other governmental and nongovernmental facilities and programs of an educational, commemorative, research, or interpretive nature that the Secretary determines to be related to the attacks of September 11th and our Nation’s sacrifices since its founding.
Cooperative agreements and memoranda of understanding
To facilitate the establishment of the Trail and to ensure effective coordination of the Federal and non-Federal properties designated as stops along the Trail, the Secretary may enter into cooperative agreements and memoranda of understanding with, and provide technical and financial assistance to, other Federal agencies, the State, localities, regional governmental bodies, and private entities.