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  • 2 August 2019

    Representatives of the Polish community, Polish organizations and the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Ottawa celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising with a minute's silence. The ceremony took place on August 1, 2019 at 11:00 a.m. Ottawa time (5:00 p.m. in Warsaw) in the Confederation Park in Ottawa, at the monument of Canadian soldiers who died helping the fighting insurgents.

    The ceremony was attended in particular by the participants of the Warsaw Rising: Capt. Ewa Ponińska-Konopacka, pseudonym "Ewa", lady of the Order of Virtuti Militari and Irena Szpak, pseudonym "Irka". Veterans, members of the Association of Polish Combatants Branch no. 8 in Ottawa, representatives of the Canadian Polish Congress Ottawa Region, members of the Polish Women's Federation in Canada of Branch no. 8 in Ottawa were also present. The Embassy of the Republic of Poland was represented by Ambassador Andrzej Kurnicki, Polish Consuls in Ottawa Aleksandra Kucy and Jacek Bryniak, Defense Attaché Capt. (N) Krzysztof Książek. The wreaths at the monument were laid by veterans, members of the Association of Polish Combatants Branch No. 8 in Ottawa and representatives of the Embassy on behalf of the authorities of the Republic of Poland.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Ambassador Andrzej Kurnicki emphasized in his speech that the Warsaw Rising is for Poles in Poland and abroad an event of military, historical and symbolic significance. “This independence spurt is an extremely important element of the national identity of Poles" - said the ambassador.

    Defense Attaché Krzysztof Książek, in turn, drew attention to the insurgent ethos cultivated to this day not only by the Polish Armed Forces, but also by the young generation of scouts both in the Poland and Canada.

    On behalf of Capt. Ewa Ponińska-Konopacka Margaret Konopacki, her daughter, spoke to express her gratitude for the generosity of Canadian allies, the airmen who died helping the fighting Warsaw. She also recalled the story of the founding of the memorial plaque.

    The monument dedicated to 26 pilots from the Royal Canadian Air Force, who, during the Rising, were part of the RAF divisions 148 and 179 responsible for airdrops of supplies for the insurgents, was revealed in 1964 by the Canadian Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson. Seven of the pilots died during their missions. In 1995, the monument was decorated with the Home Army Cross (Krzyż Armii Krajowej).

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