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  • Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland

     

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  • 12 May 2017

    In accordance with tradition, a celebration was held at the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in New York, marking the anniversary of the May 3rd Constitution. More than 130 guests attended this year's festivity. Among those in attendance were representatives of the diplomatic corps - consuls general or their deputies of the following countries: Colombia, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Kosovo, Lithuania, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Ukraine; representative of the European Union to the Unites Nations, leaders of the Polish community in the United States, businessmen, social and political activists, artists and journalists.

    While opening the ceremony Consul General Maciej Golubiewski recalled the importance of the Constitution of 3 May as the first constitution in Europe, focusing on Poland's modern achievements. Particular attention deserved the presence of American troops in Poland within the framework of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).

     

    Read the speech here.

     

    To open the National Awards ceremony, Monika Krajewska, Polish-American mezzo-soprano singer, sang the Polish and American National anthems accompanied by Mr. Pablo Zinger. During the ceremony, Ms. Irene Dubicka was awarded with the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for outstanding achievements in supporting the democratic changes in Poland. Subsequently, Mr. Zbigniew Sęk was awarded with the Cross of Freedom and Solidarity for merits in activities regarding the fight for Poland's sovereignty and for respecting human rights in the Polish People's Republic.

     

     

    Afterwards, the Outstanding Pole awards were presented by the coordinator of the competition for the United States and the president of the Pangea Network, Grzegorz Fryc and Elżbieta Gosek, representative of Teraz Polska ( Poland Now) Foundation in the United States.

    The "Outstanding Pole" Competition is the latest initiative of the Polish Promotional Emblem Foundation, whose main objective is to create a positive image of Poles, to show their achievements and to highlight and promote those who have been able to succeed at home and abroad.

     

    This year’s winners were:

    Personality - Magdalena Kapuścińska

    Culture - Anna Frajlich-Zając

    Science - Teofil Lachowicz

    Business - Zygmunt Staszewski

    Young Pole - Robert Bronchard

     

     

    After the official part, Monika Krajewska (http://www.monikakrajewska.com) performed a couple of Polish patriotic songs titled "Czerwone Maki" and "Ułani, Ułani. Then, Artur Dutkiewicz, one of the most outstanding Polish jazz pianists (www.arturdutkiewicz.pl), performed "Mazurkas" based on folk rhythms, combining elements of Polish classical music with jazz.

     

    fot. Wojciech Kubik

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