To The Zanowick family, You are not alone.. we will be here to help you carry this heavy burden and to remember you dear sweet Paul. He will not be forgotten, nor will you.
Miamisburg, Ohio (WDTN) – Tuesday afternoon, the Zanowick family found a peaceful refuge on the back porch of their Miamisburg home. It was a quiet escape from the emotional events that have unfolded over the last few days.
On Friday, 23 year-old Corporal Paul Zanowick Junior was killed by enemy fire while on patrol in Afghanistan.
“I just want people to remember him for who he was,” said Ryan Zanowick, Zanowick’s wife. “You know not only was he a great Marine, but he was also a great son, brother, husband and father”.
Moved by the tragic of events of 9-11, Paul Zanowick Senior said his son knew early on that he wanted serve his country. Zanowick enlisted in the Marines in January, 2008.
“He had such a sense of wanting to protect us,” said Paul Sr.
“You don’t want this day to happen. That was a huge fear, but i respect what he choose to do and I honor it, but I would gladly have gone instead,” he added.
Cpl. Zanowick made the ultimate sacrifice, but it has not gone un-noticed. American flags now hang in his honor throughout the Zanowick’s Miamisburg neighborhood. A touching tribute that the family says is helping them heal.
“Overwhelming,” said Zanowick Sr. “I just want to thank everybody who has contacted us, tried to contact us, prayed for us. If not for the prayers I’m not sure we could do this”.