MIDLAND DAILY NEWS: Midland's Szymanski honored at House 9/11 ceremony

The family of U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Steven Szymanski and Greg Weisbarth, Midland Fire Department assistant chief, attended the annual Michigan House of Representatives 9/11 Memorial Service on Thursday with state Rep. Gary Glenn, R-Midland.

The ceremony honors Michigan military servicemen and women and first responders who lost their lives in the line of duty during the past year. Szymanski, a Midland High School graduate, died Oct. 21 in a training exercise at Fort Bragg, N.C.

“This is a somber day as we remember Michigan residents who are on the front lines around the world and in our communities protecting and keeping us safe,” said Glenn, a U.S. Army Reserves and Army National Guard veteran. “It is a privilege to join with the Szymanski family today as we honor their son, brother, grandson and nephew, Steven.”

The House ceremony, which also recognizes the commitment and dedication of all military, safety and emergency first responders serving across Michigan, included the ringing of a fire bell for each of the 14 heroes who died in the line of duty since Sept. 11, 2014, special bagpipe music from the Glen Erin Pipe and Drum Band, a color guard procession from military, police and fire department units, and “Taps” played by two members of the Grand Ledge High School Marching Band.

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The family of Lance Cpl. Steven Szymanski of Midland met with state Rep. Gary Glenn during a 9/11 Memorial Service on Thursday. From left are Sheri Matthews (aunt); Judy Marcoux (grandmother); John Szymanski (father); Ashlie Szymanski (sister); Casualty Assistance Officer Marine Staff Sgt. Edward Radcliffe; Dawn Szymanski (mother), State Rep. Gary Glenn, and Jim Marcoux (grandfather).

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