BROOKFIELD, Ohio (WYTV) – Two new signs are now up in Trumbull County, honoring the life of a fallen Marine nearly 33 years after his death.
Friday, a dedication ceremony was held for Lance Corporal Stanley Sliwinski, a Niles man who was killed in the 1983 bombing of Marine Barracks in Beirut, Lebanon. State Route 82 in Brookfield will now be designated the “Lance Corporal Stanley J. Sliwinski Memorial Highway.”
Sliwinski’s family members said they’re glad that his memory will live on.
Sliwinski was just 19 years old when he died. He was one of more than 200 Marines who died in the attack.
“As people travel through Trumbull County and they see that name, they can remember the sacrifice that young Marine made all those years ago,” said Stanley Sliwinski’s brother, Michael.
The road designation is a result of state lawmakers passing Senate Bill 182. State Rep. Sean O’Brien (D-Bazetta) and Rep. Michael O’Brien (D-Warren) helped lead Friday’s ceremony.
“It’s in a great location where people can see it. People, a lot of people, will be able to see it and reflect on, hopefully, what it means to be an American and to have those who will go out and sacrifice and pay the ultimate sacrifice for us and understand that freedom isn’t free,” said Sean O’Brien.
Sliwinski’s mom, dad and siblings were each presented with a smaller version of the sign and the resolution designating Route 82 in his memory.
“Stan stayed the 19-year-old bright-eyed young man that went off to war,” Michael Sliwinski said. “He’s never aged, in our minds. He’s stayed the same, and we’ve aged and become older, but Stan is young, and he’ll always be in our memories.”