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  • 3 August 2017

    The participants of the Warsaw Uprising living in Canada, representatives of the Polish Combatants' Association, Canadian Polish Congress, Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ottawa and representatives of the Polish community in Ottawa held a minute of silence in commemoration of the 73rd anniversary of the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising.

    The event took place on 1st of August, 2017 at 11:00, local time (17:00 in Warsaw) at the Confederation Park in Ottawa, under the monument dedicated to Canadian soldiers who fell while helping war-ridden Warsaw. Ewa Konopacka and Stanisław Kielar, soldiers of the Home Army (AK) who fought in the uprising, put flowers at the monument, together with the officials representing the Polish government: chargé d’affaires a.i. of the Republic of Poland in Canada Łukasz Weremiuk, I counsellor Zbigniew Chmura and defense attaché Col. Cezary Kiszkowiak.

     

    We have gathered here, in front of the only monument in Canada commemorating the Warsaw Uprising, in order to celebrate the memory of those who fought for the independence of our Homeland and were ready for the greatest sacrifice for her sake. Today, let us also remember our Canadian allies, pilots who died while helping the insurgents. I give thanks to all the combatants and veterans gathered here at ‘W-hour’, 73 years later, for preserving the tradition and memory of the insurgents, said during his speech Col. Cezary Kiszkowiak. I am convinced that young people from the Canadian Polish community and scouts will, in the future, protect the memory of the uprising and pay tribute to its participants, he added.

     

    The monument dedicated to 26 pilots from the Royal Canadian Air Force, who, during the uprising, were part of the RAF divisions 148 and 179 responsible for airdrops of supplies for the insurgents, was revealed in 1964 by the Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Seven of the pilots died during their missions. In 1995, the monument was decorated with the Home Army Cross (Krzyż Armii Krajowej).

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