By Mary Ann Thomas for Tribune-Review

A first-ever 1,300-mile bike ride April 11 through May 3 will connect all three national Sept. 11 memorial locations to promote a system of trails being developed to link the crash sites near Shanksville, Pa., Washington D.C., and New York City.

In the works for 17 years, the Sept. 11 National Memorial Trail organization, along with others, has shepherded the inclusion of existing and the development of new trails to connect the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville to the World Trade Center memorial in New York City and the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

“After many years of dedicated volunteer efforts and support in dozens of communities, we're looking forward to sharing a trail designed to commemorate the tragic events of 9/11 and to celebrate what is best about America,” said Tom Baxter of Monongahela, executive director of the September 11 Memorial Trail.

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