Katyn Remembrance in Baltimore, MD - updated with Events in 2006 and 2007

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7th Katyn Remembrance in Baltimore - 2007

BALTIMORE, Md. Ceremonies Conducted At Katyn Memorial.

The 7th Annual Katyn Remembrance was conducted here on Sunday, April 29, 2007. The ceremonies were held at the site of the imposing National Katyn Memorial centrally located in the new downtown neighborhood of Harbor East.

Richard Poremski - a chairman of the Katyn Memorial, Andrzej Cwierz, Member of Polish Sejm on the right

Brig.Gen. Kazimierz Sikorski - Military Atache - Polish embassy

The guest speakers included Andrzej Cwierz, a member Poland's Sejm (Parliament) in Warsaw, Brigadier General Kazimierz Sikorski, Military Attaché at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C., and newly-elected U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.). An envoy of U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski read a senatorial proclamation issued by Mikulski which additionally remembered and honored the martyrs of Katyn - the 20,000 Polish Army officers murdered by the Soviet (Russian) NKVD as ordered by USSR leader Josef Stalin in 1940.

The Embassy of Poland was also represented by Consul General Wlodzimierz Sulgostowski, Vice-Consul Pawel Bogdziewicz, Lieutenant Colonel Krzysztof Zielski and Major Rafal Nowak.

The well attended and full day of remembrance activities consisted of mass in Polish at Holy Rosary Church by Fr. Rafal Dygula, ceremonies and the laying of wreaths at the National Katyn Memorial site, followed by a reception and dinner in the Great Hall of PNA Council 21. The group-participants included the Color Guards of SPK Post 32 and PLAV Post 209, singers and musicians of Holy Rosary's Magnificat, and the large supporting presence of the Krakowiaki Dancers in national costume.
Richard P. Poremski, Chairman of the National Katyn Memorial Foundation (NKMF), invites you to visit the Foundation's web site at www. KatynBaltimore.com for more information about the Memorial and Foundation, and to also be reminded of the NKMF's official motto:

Should I forget Them, May God In Heaven Forget Me. - Adam Mickiewicz

Katyn Remembered in Baltimore - 2006

BALTIMORE, Md. - The 6th Annual Katyn Remembrance was observed here on April 30, 2006 by the National Katyn Memorial Foundation (NKMF), led by Chairman Richard P. Poremski. The highlight of the ceremonies was the official dedication of the new signage at the Katyn Memorial site.

The day's Katyn Remembrance functions included: a special, dedicated mass in Polish/English, officiated by Bishop Rozanski and Father Richard Philiposki at Holy Rosary Church; the laying of wreaths at the Memorial by many Polish-American organizations; a reception and dinner held at Polish National Alliance, Council 21. Participating in all of the ceremonies was the color guards of PLAV Post 209 and SPK Post 32, the Krakowiaki Dancers, and Youth Group of Holy Rosary Church.

Baltimore's annual Katyn Remembrance will continue into the future, guaranteed by the sacred oath written by revered son of Poland Adam Mickiewicz - which has been embraced and enshrined by the NKMF: “Should I Forget Them, May God In Heaven Forget Me.”

4th Annual Katyn Remembrance in Baltimore - 2004

On an overcast and windswept Sunday of April 25, 2004 the 4th Annual Katyn Remembrance was conducted here at the Inner Harbor East site of the imposing National Katyn Memorial. The Remembrance began with a 10 A.M. memorial mass in Polish at Holy Rosary Church, followed by the Katyn Memorial site ceremonies, and ending with a reception and awards ceremony at the Polish Home Club. The days activities were planned and executed by the National Katyn Memorial Foundation, assisted by the Color Guards of S.P.K. Post 32 and P.L.A.V., Casimir Pulaski Post 209.

Brigadier General Lech Adam Stefaniak, Army - Republic of Poland, was the special guest speaker at the Memorial site. He said it was a great pleasure and honor to attend this event, thousands of miles from Poland. General Stefaniak sincerely thanked the 'Polish patriotic movement' in North America for keeping in our memory the most important events of the Polish history. He said that Katyn and Ostaszkowo are the names of places that for a long time were hardly known by the younger generations of the Polish people. The previous government tried to hide the truth. But as a result of democratic changes the new government uncovered what had really happened there. Katyn, Ostaszkowo: We have to remember these names to warn the new generations and let them avoid similar tragedies in the future.

In closing, General Stefaniak said- To my fellow Poles: I wish you to continue your efforts to increase the American-Polish friendship. God Bless Poland!, God Bless America!

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Army Brigadier General Lech Adam Stefaniak delivering a speech honoring the memory of his fallen compatriots at Katyn and the subsequent patriotic devotion of Polonia.

St. Casimir's Parrish Catholic War Veterans approaching the Memorial to lay their CWV wreath.

Gen. Stefaniak and Fr. Francis Okroy, Katyn Memorial Chaplain. Fr. Okroy is a Polish WWII veteran and a survivor of the infamous Nazi German Dachau concentration camp.

Alfreda Jamrosz, a participant in the 1944 Warsaw Uprising, is reading a poem dedicated to Katyn written by Msgr. Zdzislaw J. Peszkowski, a Polish veteran of WWII, who is the chaplain of the "Families of Katyn" organization in Warsaw, Poland. Pani Jamrosz was gazetted a lieutenant in the Polish Army last year by order of President Kwasniewski in recognition of her service during the Warsaw Uprising.

To learn more about the National Katyn Memorial you are invited to visit Polish Community of Baltimore Site.
Check also another article written by Richard: Ceremony of Wianki, Washington, D.C..

text and photographs by Richard P. Poremski, contact the author by e-mail
this article was published originally in Polish-American Journal
Buffalo, NY

Check KATYN MEMORIAL WALL with all the names of the victims listed in alphabetical order. Read several articles devoted to Polish history and Polish-Russian relationships. Especially history articles and links, Polish people and Polish-Russian relationships.

I recommend Death in the forest; The story of the Katyn Forest Massacre, by J. K Zawodny

Check also a famous bestseller
Rising '44: The Battle for Warsaw, by Norman Davies

The most famous book about Polish history is written by Norman Davies and it is entitled
God's Playground, Volume 1
God's Playground, Volume 2

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