Henry "Cowboy" Kusmierczyk, a decorated WWII veteran, will serve as president of this year's World's Shortest Dyngus Day Parade on Monday in Lackawanna, Mayor Geoffrey Szymanski announced.
Kusmierczyk, who served in the Army 11th Airborne Division, participated in the raid on the Los Banos civilian internment camp in Luzon, Philippines that freed more than 2,000 people.
Kusmierczyk earned three Bronze Stars, a Philippine Liberation Medal and a Purple Heart.
During his tour of duty, Kusmierczyk completed 27 jumps and two missions, Szymanski said.
Kusmierczyk continues his community service today by serving lunches as a volunteer at the Lackawanna Senior Center.
Chuck and Wendy Jaworski will serve as parade grand marshals. The Jaworski family emigrated from Poland in 1913 and resided on Ingham Avenue. They eventually bought a home on Lehigh Avenue.
Master accordion player Tim Kubiak returns this year. The Rev. Romulus Rosolowski will celebrate part of the Mass in Polish beginning at noon at Our Lady of Victory Basilica, 767 Ridge Road, followed by the parade to Lackawanna City Hall, 714 Ridge. Post-parade parties will be held at the Nite-Cappe Restaurant, 1769 Abbott Road, and VFW Weber Post 898 at 2909 South Park Ave.
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