On Saturday, August 5, 2023, Senator Gallivan's office, Assemblyman DiPietro's office, Rich Fontano of the Department of Transportation, Mike Kasprzyk, and representatives from the towns of Holland and Colden joined members of the Kalinowski family to honor five of the Kalinowski brothers: John, Matthew, Chester, Alfred, and Leonard. These brave men, John, Matthew, Chester, Alfred, and Leonard, answered the call of duty and served in all four branches of our military, leaving an indelible mark on the history of our nation.
Their story is one of courage, sacrifice, and unwavering commitment to defending the values that make America great. Born and raised in Holland, Erie County, New York, these brothers understood the true meaning of service and the responsibility that comes with protecting the freedoms we hold dear.
John Kalinowski, a true patriot, served with distinction in the U.S. Navy during World War II and the Korean conflict. As a member of the Military Police, he upheld order and safety for his fellow servicemen. John's valor earned him the World War II Victory Medal and the American Campaign Medal.
Matthew Kalinowski, another proud soldier, selflessly joined the U.S. Army during World War II. His dedication to duty reflected the unyielding resolve of the American spirit.
Chester Kalinowski, a stalwart defender of the skies, enlisted in the U.S. Air Force during World War II. As a radar repairman, he played a vital role in ensuring the safety of our forces. Chester's service was recognized with the World War II Victory Medal, a symbol of his unwavering commitment.
Alfred Kalinowski, a Marine of exceptional bravery, fought in the Korean conflict with valor and honor. His wounds sustained in battle bore testimony to his fearless determination. Alfred was decorated with commendations such as the Silver Star, the Purple Heart, and the Commendation Medal Pendant with Combat 'V,' among others.
Leonard Kalinowski, a formidable member of the U.S. Air Force, served during the Korean conflict as well. As a Staff Sergeant, he displayed leadership and dedication in safeguarding our nation's interests. Leonard was recognized for his service with the Occupation Medal (Germany), the National Defense Service Medal, and the Good Conduct Medal.
These brothers, united in their love for their homeland, symbolize the heart and soul of the American military. Their legacy is etched not only in their exceptional service but also in the love and pride of their family, friends, and fellow citizens. We honor their memory by renaming the bridge on Route 16 that crosses the Cazenovia Creek in the Town of Holland as the ‘Kalinowski Brothers Memorial Bridge.’ Let this bridge stand as a testament to their bravery, selflessness, and unwavering dedication to the ideals of freedom and democracy.
In these turbulent times, may we draw inspiration from their example and reaffirm our commitment to safeguarding the liberties we hold dear. Let us never forget the sacrifices of our servicemen and women who defend our nation's principles with unwavering courage.
May we always remember that the strength of our nation lies in the unity of its people and the unwavering dedication of our heroes. Let us stand together as one, upholding the values for which the Kalinowski brothers and countless others have fought and sacrificed.