Polish Soldier's Day Celebrated in Doylestown

DOYLESTOWN, Pa. - The day was overcast and gloomy, portending rain - which it eventually did. But the threatening weather could not stop the battle-hardened and much-bemedaled Polish soldiers of WW II - and other veterans- from formally assembling here on August 19, 2007, at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa, for the yearly observance of Polish Soldier's Day. The veteran's mission now is to honor the men and women of Poland's armed forces while simultaneously demonstrating solidarity with them, and to pay homage to their fallen and deceased comrades-in-arms.


goddess of democracy statue
goddess of democracy statue


Polish Veterans Assemble - Shown above are just a few of approximately 100 Polish military veterans who gathered together recently to participate in the annual Polish Soldier's Day ceremonies at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. (click inside the photo to see magnified image)


About 150 uniformed participants from the greater regional area gathered together for the formal ceremonies. The groups represented, in various formations, were: the Polish Army Veterans Association of America (S.W.A.P. = Polish acronym), along with its Ceremonial Rifle Squad and Women's Auxiliary; Polish Combat Veterans of WW II (S.P.K. = Polish acronym); The Pulaski Cadets; and Polish Boy/Girl Scouts. Together, they presented a most impressive sight when assembled in long formation for review - and their rainbow of many colorful national and military flags served to dramatically brighten up the grey sky.


goddess of democracy statue
goddess of democracy statue



An attending delegation of four officials represented the Republic of Poland: Minister Janusz Krupski, Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression, in Warsaw; departing Brigadier General Kazimierz Sikorski and arriving Brigadier General Leszek Soczewica, Military Attachés at the Embassy of Poland in Washington; and Consul General Krzysztof Kasprzyk, in New York.


goddess of democracy statue
goddess of democracy statue



The tiered ceremonies included the laying of wreaths and a measured rank-by-rank inspection of the former soldier's combined formation by Poland's delegation, the veteran's national commanders, and clergy. The veterans, and supporting groups, then marched in review to lively martial music, accepting and returning the salutes of the aforementioned dignitaries assembled on the reviewing stand. They then proceeded directly into the magnificent shrine-church for high mass celebrated by a host of priests, accompanied by a sizable angelic choir and masterful organ music.


goddess of democracy statue
goddess of democracy statue



To be sure, the watch-words of the Armed Forces of Poland (Wojsko) -"Honor and Fatherland" ("Honor i Ojczyzna") - was faithfully abided by and further solemnized on this special day of military celebration.

text and photographs by Richard P. Poremski, contact the author by e-mail
this article was published originally in Polish-American Journal
Washington, DC Bureau; September 3, 2007



Check articles devoted to Polish history among them Memories from Deportation to Kazakhstan and War in the Images and Memories from Warsaw of Jerzy Kajetanski . Check also a broad selection of press releases by Richard Poremski - some of them include celebration at Katyn Memorial and the history of Katyn Massacre.

I recommend 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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