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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

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  • 11 November 2017

    Polish community in Montreal celebrated the 99th anniversary of Poland's regain of independence.

    - Poland remembers and appreciates Canada's contribution to regaining our independence - emphasized the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Kurnicki, honorary guest of the ceremonies in Montreal, while opening a concert to celebrate the anniversary. - Thanks to places such as Camp Kościuszko Poland could regain independence after the World War I - he added. He also read the statement of Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, on the occasion.

     

    Compositions of the Polish composer Grażyna Bacewicz, Marta Ptaszyńska and Agata Zubel were performed during the concert "Women - Composers", by the orchestra "Orchestra 21" with soloists: Justyna Gabzdyl (piano), Amelie Brodeur (flute) and Guylaine Edmond (harp). The concert was accompanied by an electronic visualization of the orchestra’s conduct, done by the conductor Paolo Bellomia.

     

    - We should remember that the regain of Poland's independence in 1918 was possible thanks to the wide efforts of the Polish society – not only thanks to the actions of Marshal Jozef Pilsudski, but also due to the involvement of politicians such as Roman Dmowski in Versailles, and above all thanks to the actions of Catholic Church that made the possible to maintain Polish national identity and culture during the 123 years of the partitions – emphasized Ambassador Andrzej Kurnicki on the second day of the celebration in Montreal.

     

    The Holy Mass was celebrated in the Holy Trinity Church in Montreal on the occasion of the national holiday of Poland and after the mass in the parish hall was held a commemorative academy, where the performances of Polish folk group "White Eagle Academy" and recitations of poetry by pupils of General Władysław Sikorski’s Polish school took place. As part of the ceremony, the Canadian Polish Congress - Quebec District also honoured nun Stanislawa Kacpura for her long-standing work for Polish orphans in Canada. At the end of the ceremony, the Polish War Veterans' Society of Marshal Josef Pilsudzki presented a documentary about the mascot of the 2nd Polish Corps – the bear named Wojtek.

     

    The concert was organized by the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ottawa, together with the Polish Institute of Science and Culture in Montreal, in cooperation with the Polish Consulate in Montreal, the academy – by the Canadian Polish Congress – Quebec District.

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