April 22, 2009 - First Special Service Force day

Cathy Decker/Staff reporter
Casimer Celske accepts a Proclamation from his son Mayor Lee Celske.

Casimer Celske, father of Aledo Mayor Lee Celske, was honored for his patriotism at the April 20, 2009 Aledo City Council meeting. Mayor Celske read a proclamation at the meeting that explained how his father was a member of First Special Service Force (Force), an elite group 3,200 specially trained men from Canada and the United States who operated during WW II and were known as the Devil's Brigade.

Casimer Celske was invited to a special ceremony at Ft. Bragg, Ky. on April 22, 2009, as one of only 293 Force members still living. The Force from WW II will now be recognized and inducted as a distinguished member of the regiment of the US Army Special Forces Command. Casimer Celske was a member of one of only three units serving in WW II in the Force.

Lee and his father are excited to be formally recognized at the 2009 Special Forces Symposium in Fayettevill,e N.C. on April 22, 2009.

After reading the proclamation, the council and audience rose to their feet and applauded Casimer.

"I'm no hero. I just did my job," Casimer said.