I am commandant of the Door Peninsula Detachment 1130, which is the only Marine Corps League Detachment in Northeastern Wisconsin.
I am writing this letter to request that the proposed Green Bay recreational trail be named the Benjamin Edinger Commitment Trail. (Editor's note: Marine Sgt. Edinger, 24, of Green Bay, died in November 2004 from wounds suffered in Iraq.) I know he enjoyed the freedom of playing along this section of railroad track many times as a child. His path took him to defending this country as a Marine soldier in the Iraqi war called Enduring Freedom.
People need a place to go to remember, to forget, and to work on their recovery from the pains and sacrifices of war. Walking or bike riding on a trail is a silent sport and yet the silence in recovering veterans is loud and sustaining. What a great way for those who have suffered defending our freedoms, and those who haven't, to come upon a plaque that remembers one who represents all who have given of themselves. Perhaps their life's sacrifices will remind others to enjoy the silence of freedom when playing along a section of a recreational trail.
Let this recreational trail to remind all of us that freedom is not free, and it comes with the expense of commitment to others, our community and our country.
Paul A. Klapatch