Stamas, Glenn sponsor Szymanski memorial highway bills

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. Annette Glenn on Tuesday introduced legislation to honor Marine Lance Cpl. Steven Szymanski, who was killed while on duty during a training exercise at Fort Bragg, North Carolina in 2014.

“America remains the beacon of freedom and liberty in the world today because of the courage of patriots like Marine Lance Corporal Szymanski,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “After earning his associate degree in criminal justice, Steven decided to serve his country in the Marines, and this measure is a way for us to show our deep appreciation for his service and his sacrifice.”

Senate Bill 280 and House Bill 4485 would designate a portion of U.S. 10 from Jefferson Ave. to Bay City Road in Midland as the “Marine Lance Corporal Steven J. Szymanski Memorial Highway.”

“Lance Corporal Szymanski loved his family and friends and his community and country,” said Glenn, R-Midland. “This memorial highway would be a permanent reminder of the true cost of freedom and a tribute to a native son who made the ultimate sacrifice serving our country.”

Szymanski was a 2008 graduate of Midland High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 2013. He is survived by his parents, John and Dawn, and sister Ashlie.

The bills would have no fiscal impact on the state or local government. Under state law, the Michigan Department of Transportation can place markers indicating the name of a memorial highway only “when sufficient private contributions are received to completely cover the cost of erecting and maintaining those markers.”