POLISH INDEPENDENCE DAY

Święto Niepodległości

Knoxville, Tennessee – November 11, 2013

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The entry hall of Dr. Pienkowski’s residence in Knoxville, Tennessee featured the flags of the United States, Poland and the European Union.

Dr. Marek Pienkowski, Honorary Consul of the Republic of Poland, hosted the second annual event commemorating Polish Independence Day at his home in Knoxville, Tennessee. Guests included Polish American friends, local business owners, professionals, educators and appointed officials, including U.S. District Judge Tom Varlan and Superintendent of Catholic Schools Sister Mary Marta Abbott.

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PolandNow President Eva Nations and Honorary Consul Marek Pienkowski welcome guests to the celebration of Polish Independence Day.

The evening started with a welcome and opening remarks by Honorary Consul Pienkowski and PolandNow President Eva Nations to the 60 guests in attendance.  All received copies of both the Polish and American national anthems and were invited to join in singing in recognition of the two nations.

Heavy hors d’oeuvres  were prepared by Chef Edward Nowakowski from Memphis, Tennessee with the assistance of students from the University of Tennessee Culinary Institute.

PolandNow President Eva Nations, Honorary Consul Marek Pienkowski and local singer Michael Kull lead the guests in the Polish and American national anthems.

PolandNow President Eva Nations, Honorary Consul Marek Pienkowski and local singer Michael Kull lead the guests in the Polish and American national anthems.

Music was provided by University of Tennessee piano performance major Carson Hayes, whose repertoire for the evening included well-loved classics by Chopin and local singer Michael Kull, who offered selections by English and American composers.

Along with the celebration and fun, the evening was also filled with thoughts, reflections, and shared stories about the impact Poland’s independence has had on the country, its people and the world community.

This event is one of two annual major celebrations hosted by the Honorary Consulate for the Republic of Poland and PolandNow. The second event is the May 3 celebration of contemporary Polish culture, which commemorates Poland’s Constitution Day.

National Independence Day

Guests participate in the festivities celebrating Polish Independence Day at the home of Honorary Consul Marek Pienkowski.

Guests participate in the festivities celebrating Polish Independence Day at the home of Honorary Consul Marek Pienkowski.

National Independence Day is the most important Polish national holiday. On November 11, 1918, after 123 years of captivity, Poland regained its independence.

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Food presentation prepared by Memphis Chef Edward Nowakowski with assistance by students from the UT Culinary Institute.

After years of partitions done by Austria, Prussia and Russia between 1772 and 1795, national uprisings (November Uprising of 1830 and January Uprising of 1863), struggles and efforts in various fields, Poles, owing to their steadfastness, patriotism and heroism, managed to regain their freedom. Józef Piłsudski, “First Marshal of Poland”, played an enormous role in Poland’s recovery of sovereignty.

The date of 11 November was announced a national holiday in 1937. Since 1939 to 1989, celebration of the holiday was forbidden. After the collapse of communist government, the holiday gained particular significance and it is now a red letter day.

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U.T. piano major Carson Hayes and singer Michael Kull provided the evening’s musical entertainment.

Major celebrations, attended by Polish State authorities, are held in Warsaw at Piłsudski Square. Sharply at noon, a ceremonious change of guards takes place before the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Patriotic gatherings and parades are held all over Poland. Churches celebrate masses with the intentions of the Homeland.

Information courtesy Polska, The Official Promotional Website of the Republic of Poland: http://en.poland.gov.pl

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