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Green Bay trail dedicated to fallen soldier

GREEN BAY, WI (WTAQ) - A dedication Saturday was held at a west side trail to honor the lone service member from Green Bay to die while serving during Operation Iraqi Freedom.

Over 100 people attended the event at Fisk Street and Dousman Avenue honoring the memory of Marine Sgt. Ben Edinger.

The city of Green Bay earlier this year paved a mile-long trail on a part of old railroad track from Oneida Street to Military Avenue.

"Ben spent a lot of time here when he was a teenager," his mother, Rosanna Scannell,told FOX 11.

Sgt. Edinger died after suffering shrapnel wounds during a roadside bomb attack in 2004. It happened during his second tour of duty in Iraq.

"When people come to this trail, I hope that each person gets something individual from it," Scannell said.

Sgt. Edinger graduated from West High School in 1999. A group of West High students sang at the dedication, which many of Sgt. Edinger's former classmates attended, including Jesse Brunette.

"This trail represents everything that Ben fought to preserve and protect, and that is to bring community together," Brunette told FOX 11.

Now a Green Bay Alderman, Brunette worked to get the trail named after the American hero.

The trail was funded by several state grants. Local veterans groups paid for the sign materials. Four neighborhood associations also helped make the trail happen.

The city said it hopes to eventually extend the trail north to Howard.