Remembering Our Heroes
Stony Point proclaimed August 10 Edward G. Kwiecinski day, a proud WW2 veteran who will celebrate his 100th birthday on that day. Fellow veterans led the opening of the July 24 meeting in the Pledge of Allegiance.
A native of North Rockland who has called Stony Point home for over 50 years, Kwiecinski proudly served in the United States Army during World War II as a member of the 112th Infantry Combat Team. His Unit was part of the second wave to hit Omaha Beach during the invasion in Normandy, France on July 22,1944, then fought in the battle of Northern France and went on to the liberation of Paris. From there, his Unit proceeded through Belgium and Luxemburg into Germany, taking part in the downfall of the Third Reich. He remained in Germany as part of the Army of Occupation until 1945,
His four siblings also served in World War II–Charles; Richard; Joseph and John Kwiecinski. John was killed in combat in France.
Upon returning to civilian life, Kwiecinski worked at Letchworth Village as a metal worker until he retired in 1983. Together with his wife of 70 years, Gloria, they raised five children and now enjoy their seven grandchildren.
“We’re very proud of Edward,” said Monaghan. “This is a wonderful opportunity to honor a member of the Greatest Generation who proudly fought for our country.”