JACKSONVILLE — They came into the world on 9/11.

On the same day four hijacked planes plunged into the Twin Towers, the Pentagon and a field in Pennsylvania, thousands of women across America went into labor.

On the same day that nearly 3,000 people died in attacks, 13,238 babies were born, including dozens in North Florida — and two at Baptist Medical Center who became friends, bonded by their church and birthday.

America's 9/11 babies, including Lizzie Robinson and Victoria Ross, turn 18 Wednesday.

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The likely passage of U.S. Senate and House bills are expected to boost continued development of the 1,300-mile-long September 11th National Memorial Trail connecting all three plane crash memorial sites in Shanksville, Pa., New York City and Arlington, Va.

The September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance, along with others, has shepherded the development of the network of bicycle and pedestrian trails linking the Flight 93 National Memorial near Shanksville in Somerset County to New York City's National September 11 Memorial and Museum and the 9/11 Pentagon Memorial in Arlington, Va. The trail has been in the works almost 18 years.

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More than 7,500 boots on display at Fort Bragg this month served as a temporary memorial to service members from all branches who have died since 9/11.

The boots — which had the service members' photos and dates of death — were on display for Fort Bragg's Directorate of Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation's annual Run, Honor and Remember 5k on May 18 and for the 82nd Airborne Division's run that kicked off All American Week.

"It shows the families the service members are still remembered, honored and not forgotten," said Charlotte Watson, program manager of Fort Bragg's Survivor Outreach Services.

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