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  • 11 November 2013

    Representatives of the Polish-American community, Chicago Consular Corps, local American administration officials, academic, cultural and business circles took part in celebrations marking the National Independence Day of the Republic of Poland, at the Polish Consulate General in Chicago.

    Speaking to the guests gathered at the Polish Consulate, Consul General Paulina Kapuścińska stated that Poland had regained its independence after 123 years of partitions and oppression by the enemy empires. Consul Kapuścińska at the same time emphasized the role of modern Poland in maintaining very good relations with her neighbors and promoting democracy across the world.
    During the ceremony, letters with wishes for the Polish Independence Day were read out by representatives of the office of the US Senator Mark Kirk, Illinois State Governor Pat Quinn, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Illinois State Treasurer Dan Rutherford.

    Polish state decorations: Cross of the War Order of Virtuti Militari, Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta, Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, Cross of Freedom and Solidarity, Cross of the Siberian Exiles, Honorary Medal of Merit for the Protection of Children’s Rights, Pro Patria Medal as well as promotion to the rank of Captain were presented to awardees that evening.
    After the official part of the celebration, guests listened to a piano recital by Igor Lipiński, who performed composition by Fryderyk Chopin and Ignacy Jan Paderewski

    National Independence Day is a public holiday in Poland celebrated every year on 11 November to commemorate the anniversary of Poland's resumption of independent statehood in 1918, after 123 years of partition by Russia, Prussia and Austria.

     

    letter of Senator Mark Kirk (click here)

    letter of Governor Pat Quinn (click here)

    letter of Mayor Rahm Emanuel (click here)

    letter of Treasurer Dan Rutherford (click here)

     

    Independent Poland -government in 1918
    Independent Poland -government in 1918
    Consul General P. Kapuścińska
    Consul General P. Kapuścińska
    Consul General Paulina Kapuścińska
    Consul General Paulina Kapuścińska
    Guests
    Guests
    Igor Lipinski
    Igor Lipinski
    Marian Prusek, Jakub Kubacki, Barbara Lewandowska
    Marian Prusek, Jakub Kubacki, Barbara Lewandowska
    Awardees with the Consul General
    Awardees with the Consul General
    Paulina Kapuścińska, Barbara Lewandowska
    Paulina Kapuścińska, Barbara Lewandowska
    Paulina Perhon performing national anthems
    Paulina Perhon performing national anthems
    Awardees
    Awardees

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