MIDLAND, MI – A Marine from the city of Midland is being remembered in the wake of his death with the naming of a portion of U.S. 10 in his honor.
Steven J. Szymanski died at age 24 in October 2014 during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
The portion of U.S. 10 from Jefferson Avenue to Bay City Road, east of Midland, will be named the “Marine Lance Corporal Steven J. Szymanski Memorial Highway” in his honor.
“This tribute will serve as a lasting reminder of the appreciation and gratitude the entire Midland community has for Lance Cpl. Szymanski,” state Rep. Annette Glenn said. “His dedication and devotion to his country, community, friends and family will never be forgotten. His service and sacrifice must be honored and remembered.”
Szymanski was born Oct. 11, 1990, in Midland, and was the son of John and Dawn (Marcoux) Szymanski. He graduated from Midland High School in 2008 and enlisted in the Marines after earning an associate degree in criminal justice, according to his obituary.
Szymanski was a crewman for light armored vehicles. He joined the Marines in September 2013 and was promoted to lance corporal in June. He was assigned to the 2nd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, according to the Associated Press.
Following his death, he was buried at the Midland City Cemetery with full military honors. The public showed an outpouring of support during his funeral procession with crowds paying their respects to the fallen Marine.