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Lech Walesa Visits Washington During Solidarity's 25th Anniversary

Walesa Receives Flowers At Polish Mass. Solidarity founder, and former President of Poland, Lech Walesa is shown below at Our Lady Queen of Poland Parish Church in Silver Spring, Maryland on September 25, 2005.

Walesa receives flowers from childrenHe is very pleased to be receiving flowers from folk-costumed children of the church's Polish Language School and uniformed members of the Polish Boy/Girl Scouts. At right is a beaming Ks. Klemens Dobrowski, the pastor, who celebrated the mass. Also introduced to the congregation was the Honorable Janusz Reiter, Poland's Ambassador to the U.S. The Polish American Congress, Washington Metro Area Division, guided by Thaddeus Mirecki, organized the special mass to commemorate the many, many thousands of victims of a belligerent Nazi Germany and the treacherous, communist Soviet Union, both of whom invaded Poland in September of 1939. And thus began World War II and 6 of the most bloody and tumultuous years in Poland's and Europe's millennia, ushering in a very dark period of time never to be forgotten or forgiven by the Polish people.

Walesa in group photo of church parishionersPolonia and Poland Surround Walesa. Lech Walesa is at the center of the above group photo (right) taken after the mass at our Lady Queen of Poland Parrish Church in Silver Spring, Maryland on September 25, 2005. Flanking Walesa is Polish Brigadier General Kazimierz Sikorski, Attache Millitaire (center/left), and Polish Ambassador Janusz Reiter (center/right) who is holding a rose presented to him at the mass by the parish youths. Totally surrounding Walesa is a large, diverse group of adoring people consisting of the clergy and altar boys, parishioners, guests, Embassy of the Republic of Poland officials and military attaches, Polish Legion of American Veterans, and the parish youth groups--all basking in a real moment of living history.

Recommended reading(s):

Lech WalesaYou may also enjoy a book written by Rebecca Stefoff entitled: Lech Walesa: The Road to Democracy (Great Lives)

The Polish RevolutionThe Polish Revolution: Solidarity (Third Edition) by Timothy Garton Ash, Timothy Garton Ash

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