Berks County commissioners

L to R: Berks County Commissioners Christian Leinbach, Kevin Barnhardt and Michael Rivera

READING, Pa. – The Berks County Commissioners voted Thursday to approve a resolution to endorse the concept of the September 11th National Memorial Trail and its passage through Berks County.

The commissioners are also encouraging officials in Lancaster, Lebanon, Schuylkill, Lehigh, Chester and Montgomery counties to do the same.

The September 11th National Memorial Trail is a 1,300-mile system of trails, bike paths and roadways that will link the National September 11 Memorial and Museum in New York City, the National 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Virginia and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, Pennsylvania.

The trail is being designed to serve as a tribute to the fallen heroes who perished in the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, as well as the first responder heroes who responded to the scenes.

This September will mark the twentieth anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance –a non-profit organization-  is working closely with local, state and federal governments, federal agencies and fellow trail organizations to make the trail a reality.

The website for the trail states: “The 9/11 Trail is also good for our health, local economies and the environment. The trail offers walkers, runners and cyclists a safe, accessible opportunity to experience beautiful landscapes, discover new towns and visit historic sites of American resilience along the way.”

The resolution states that Berks County supports the existing trails along the alignment of the 9-11 National Memorial Trail and that signage be installed in coordination with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation and municipalities.

A copy of the approved resolution is being sent to the September 11th  National Memorial Trail, Gov. Tom Wolf, and the Pennsylvania State Department of Transportation secretary.

More information can be found at the 9/11 Trail website. 

In other news, Commissioner Kevin S. Barnhardt announced the Berks Cares Vaccine Center in Muhlenberg Township will open Monday for COVID-19 vaccinations between 9 a.m. until 2 p.m.

The center, located in the North Reading Plaza at 5370 Allentown Pike, is a collaborative effort between the county, the Berks Community Health Center, Co-County Wellness Services, BARTA, the county library system and the Area Agency on Aging.  

The scheduling of appointments for next week starts Thursday, Barnhardt said.

The center is beginning next week with administering 400 doses day, but will increase the amount of doses administered in the following weeks. Barnhardt said the center will have the capacity to administer 1,600 doses per day.

For more information, or to schedule an appointment online, visit the Berks Cares Vaccine Center website. 

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