Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

9/11 Memorial Trail Blazed in N.J

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

9/11 Memorial Trail Blazed in N.J

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RANDOLPH - Patriot's Path was marked as a starting point for Americans to walk together on Saturday as Rep. Rodney Frelinghuysen (R-11) joined local officials and leaders of September 11th National Memorial Trail Alliance to dedicate the first "trail blaze" along the 1,300-mile route connecting all three sites of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

"The support we have received on this project is just unbelievable," said alliance founder David Brickley during a brief ceremony. "In this crazy time of partisan politics, this is the one project I've seen Republicans, Democrats, independents, everybody of all stripes come together. It's just wonderful."

The alliance was formed in 2004 to establish the memorial trail, which links both the planned and existing memorial sites between the World Trade Center, Pentagon and Flight 93 Memorial.

Saturday, Morris County Park Commission Assistant Superintendent of Trails Russell J. Nee unveiled the Memorial Trail marker at the entrance to Patriots' Path, an existing 35-mile multi-use trail in Morris County that connects with other trails and historic sites in New Jersey.

"One of the first people I talked to was Russ Nee," Brickley said. "Russ called me up and said 'I really like this idea, and Morris County wants to be a part of it.' We cannot thank you enough for the fantastic efforts you've made here. All the citizens together is what makes it happen."

"This is what's right and good about America, when there's so many bad things that we have to deal with in our day-to-day lives," said Nee, a Randolph resident. "This is something we can all celebrate, honor and enjoy."

"It's a tribute to Russ's hard work and everyone on the board of the trail alliance," said park commission President Betty Cass-Schmidt. "In Morris County, we are very fortunate to have over 150 miles of trails people can use, and we partner with municipalities and the state. So as people cross this, you'll be able to pass federal, state, county and municipal landmarks. I think that's important for what this trail represents, a combination of what can happen when people work together, and really what an honor it will be for people to pass through these sites, and just remember and think forward about what is needed for this country. …

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