NEWS from THE
POLISH AMERICAN CONGRESS
DOWNSTATE NEW YORK DIVISION
Kent Street, Brooklyn, N.Y.
VETERANS DAY: NOT ONLY
AN AMERICAN HOLIDAY
N.Y. .. Frank
Milewski, president of the Downstate New York Division
the Polish American Congress (left), congratulates President Szczepan Janeczko
the Sea League (Liga Morska) for continuing his organization’s
Veterans Day. In America’s Polish community, it is also celebrated as
older generation recalls Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice
It celebrated the end of World War I on November 11th, 1918.
the Polish people, however, it was something even more than just the end of
war. It was also the end of 123 years of suppression of their culture,
freedom. It was the degradation of their personal and national
1795 to 1918, the maps of Europe showed that a nation like Poland no
territory of Poland was completely stolen away from the Polish people.
were the three hostile and ravenous neighbors situated around the country’s
Prussia (now Germany) and the Austro-Hungarian Empire each banded
to swallow up the land of Poland and the Polish people who lived on it.
was no wonder that far away places like New York’s Ellis Island and Statue of
became such an enticing and promising destination luring them to come
leave behind the heartless domination of their arrogant oppressors.
when these Polish emigrants arrived in America, they were once again
not as citizens of Poland, but citizens of Germany, Russia or Austria.
World War that ended in 1918 was an historic event in Poland’s history.
bloodshed was over. The nation was finally free and independent.
the purpose of international trade and its economic expansion, landlocked
gained access to the Baltic sea via ports like the Free City of Danzig
became a nation with a navy and a merchant marine. It was cause for
and formation of new organizations like Szczepan Janeczko’s
the lifetime of the new nation was a limited one. Adolf Hitler’s Nazi
joined with the Soviet Russian Communists of Jozef Stalin in 1939
once again steal back the Polish nation for themselves.
newest act of thievery lasted another fifty years until the fall of
those 200 years we were free for only twenty of them. We survived their
and bombs but we are still forced to keep fighting against a continuing
of malicious anti-Polish propaganda and false accusations,” said