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  • 10 November 2016

    Veterans, Canadian officials, representatives of Polish diaspora and friends of Poland in Canada took part in Poland’s National Independence Day celebration in Ottawa on November 10, 2016.

    - Poland’s return to the map of Europe in 1918 was possible not only because of military effort led by Józef Piłsudski but also thanks to diplomatic efforts of Ignacy Jan Paderewski who convinced president Woodrow Wilson to include in the Versailles Peace Treaty an article calling for the rebirth of a free and independent Poland – said chargé d’affaires of the Republic of Poland to Canada Mr. Łukasz Weremiuk. - National Independence Day of Poland was established in 1937, shortly before it was yet again lost by Poland, and reinstated as national holiday in 1989. Contemporary, dynamically developing Poland, which we show tonight on the panels in the other room, is a country shaped not only by XIX and XX century but by 1050 years of history. Thanks to you all Polish history and culture has also become an inherent part of this country’s heritage. That is why the Embassy of Poland will happily join the celebrations of the 150th anniversary of Canada in 2017 – he added.


    During the celebration Mr. Weremiuk honoured Mr. Juliusz Łukasiewicz with the „Pro Memoria” medal in recognition of his merits in commemorating those who fought for Poland’s independence during World War II.


    Poland’s defence attaché col. Cezary Kiszkowiak handed over military promotions to Ms. Róża Olejniczak-Kisielewska – to the rank of second lieutnant and to Mr. Zbigniew Berezowski – to the rank of lieutenant colonel. Ms. Róża Olejniczak-Kisielewska and Mr. Zbigniew Berezowski are World War II veterans, soldiers of Polish Second Corps who fought in Monte Cassino battle.


    Guests who gathered at the Embassy had an opportunity to hear a concert of Fryderyk Chopin, Maurice Ravel, Kazimierz Wiłkomirski, Richard Strauss and Piotr Moss works performed by Dobrochna Zubek (cello) and Asal Iranmehr (piano).

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