Section of Route 6 named for Kaszynskis
PERU — The section of Route 6 from Mary Street in Spring Valley to Harrison Street in Peru is now known as the Kaszynski Brothers Memorial Highway following a dedication sponsored by state Sen. Sue Rezin on March 30.
The honor was bestowed upon the family because of their six sons who served in World War II. Richard, Bernard, Florian, Thaddeus and Alex Kaszynski were all in the Army and served in the Pacific Theater. The last surviving brother, Chester, served in the Merchant Marines and also served during the Korean conflict.
Gathering at the Peru Fire Station for the dedication ceremony were Rezin, many Kaszynski family members, city officials, members of local veterans groups and also Anthony Witzak. In 2016, Witzak shared a similar honor when a section of Route 251 was named in honor of the seven Witzak brothers who served during World War II.
“The Kaszynskis’ story is a remarkable one, and it is an inspiration that all six brothers felt called to serve our country during World War II. The Kaszynski brothers’ service is the epitome of courage and patriotism. We stand here today because of their bravery and sacrifice,” Rezin said.
Rezin also empathized with the feelings their parents must have endured as they worried about the safe return of their sons.
The only brother wounded during the war was Alex. He recently died, but Rezin said she’d had the opportunity to speak with him and shared how proud he was of both his family, his country and the dedication honor.
“I want to thank the Kaszynskis, every veteran, those living and who have gone before us, and the men and women who are serving our country now. It is an honor and a privilege to share their story. It is one that will live through history,” Rezin said.
Following the ceremony, Kaszynski was presented with a copy of the memorial sign that has been placed along the route.
“I just want everyone to know what a great honor this is for our family,” one of the many Kaszynski family members in attendance said afterward.