BALTIMORE, MD // Mayor Made Honorary Member of NKMF. The solemn refrain of Polish poet Adam Mickiewicz - "Should I Forget Them, May God In Heaven Forget Me" - was floating gently in the air during the day-long ceremonies of the 8th Annual Katyn Remembrance here on April 27, 2008.
The National Katyn Memorial Foundation (NKMF), led by Chairman Richard P. Poremski, honored the many thousands of Polish Army officers - martyred by the Soviet Union in the Katyn Forest - with a special mass in Polish at Holy Rosary Church, extensive formal ceremonies at the National Katyn Memorial Site, followed by a reception/dinner in the Great Hall of PNA Council 21. Each separate event was very well attended by Polonia, dignitaries, guests and friends of Poland.
Collectively, the local Colors Guards of SPK and PLAV, Magnificat Singers, Krakowiaki Dance Ensemble, and several Polonia organizations all contriuted greatly to the success and dignity of the Remembrance.
Dignitaries attending and participating in the events were: Father Jan Michalski of Holy Rosary Church, Baltimore Mayor Sheila Dixon, U.S. Congressman John Sarbanes, Baltimore Councilman Jim Kraft, Maryland Delegate Carolyn Krysiak, Katyn Liaison Loraine Laszczynski - representing U.S. Senator Barbara Mikulski, Secretary James Adkins - representing Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley, and Chicago PNA National Secretary Charles A. Komosa.
The Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, D.C. was well represented by Consul General Wlodzimierz Sulgostowski, Vice Consul Pawel Bogdziewicz, and Lieutenant Colonel Rafal Nowak.
In recognition for their Contribution of Remembrance and Glorification of the Martyrs of Katyn, Honorary NKMF Membership was granted to: Mayor Sheila Dixon, Consul General Wlodzimierz Sulgostowski, Secretary Charles Komosa - PNA, Piotr Uzarowicz - Documentary Director, Andrzej Wajda - Film Director, and Francis C. Kajencki - Author/Historian.
On this reverential day, the Polish Martyrs of Katyn were well remembered and duly honored: The prayerful refrain of Adam Mickiewicz was solemnly taken into everyone's hearts and minds.
To find out more about the NKMF please visit website www.KatynBaltimore.com.