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.
The guest speakers included Andrzej Cwierz, a member Poland's Sejm (Parliament) in Warsaw, Brigadier General Kazimierz Sikorski, Military Attache 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!