Route 6 named after Kaszynski brothers, WWII veterans

As a way to pay tribute to the six Kaszynski brothers of Peru, who all served in World War II, State Senator Sue Rezin (R-Morris) hosted a ceremony Saturday, March 30 to officially name a section of Route 6 as the “Kaszynski Brothers Memorial Highway.”

“By naming this road after the Kaszynski brothers, motorists will now always remember the sacrifices these veterans made to protect our nation,” said Sen. Rezin. “All six brothers are true American heroes. They embody what our country stands for, and it’s our responsibility to make sure that their sacrifices are never forgotten. It is my hope that by naming Route 6 the ‘Kaszynski Brothers Memorial Highway’ our community will remember this family now and for future generations to come.”

Sen. Rezin sponsored Senate Joint Resolution 25, which names Mary Street in Spring Valley to Harrison Street in Peru as the “Kaszynski Brothers Memorial Highway.”

The six brothers served all over the world during World War II in places such as Guadalcanal, Tangal, the Panama Canal Zone, New Guinea, the Philippines, and Iceland. Five of the brothers, Bernard, Florian, Thaddeus, Alex, and Richard served in the U.S. Army and one brother, Chester, served with the U.S. Merchant Marine.

Alex, was the only brother who was seriously wounded in action and was awarded the Purple Heart.

Sen. Rezin with Chester Kaszynski (holding the sign) and other members of the Kaszynski family.

Sen. Rezin presents the highway sign to Chester Kaszynski, the only living brother.

Sen. Rezin speaks at the Kaszynski Brothers Memorial Highway Dedication Ceremony.

All six Kaszynski brothers.

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