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Polish Constitution Day - Museum of Art

Polish May 3rd Constitution Day
Kosciuszko Statue at Cleveland Museum of Art
May 5, 2013

The Polish Constitution of May 3, 1791 was the first constitution to follow the 1788 ratification of the United States Constitution. May 3 was restored as an official Polish holiday in April 1990, after the fall of communism. It is celebrated in Cleveland with events including this ceremony by the Kosciuszko Statue at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

The Sons of the American Revolution led marchers including General George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, President Garfield, Eleanor Roosevelt and Polish children in costume to the steps of the Cleveland Museum of Art to begin the program at the Tadeusz Kosciuszko statue on Polish Constitution Day.

Sons of the American Revolution marcing in to Polish Constitution Day

Sons of the American Revolution marcing in to Polish Constitution Day

Sons of the American Revolution marcing in to Polish Constitution Day

Polish children marcing in to Polish Constitution Day

Lincoln, Grant and Roosevelt


They then sang the United States and Polish national anthems.


Polish and US anthems

Polish and US anthems

Polish and US anthems


Rev. Eric Orzech, Chaplain, Polish American Congress Ohio Division and National Vice-President of Polish American Priests Association gave the invocation.

Rev. Eric Orzech


Rev. Eric Orzech



General George Washington (reenactor) spoke about Tadeusz (Thaddeus) Kosciuszko and the role that he played in the American Revolution.
General George Washington (reenactor)

General George Washington (reenactor)



General George Washington (reenactor)


Ben Stefanski introduced Dr. Vik Stankus of the Ohio Lithuanian community who told of the close relationship between Poland, Lithuania and Hungary.

Dr. Vik Stankus

Dr. Vik Stankus



Cleveland City Councilman Anthony Brancatelli spoke next.

Councilman Anthony Brancatelli

Councilman Anthony Brancatelli



Judge Ray Pianka told about the Hejnal and the Polish National Anthem at a celebration of Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Judge Pianka told why the Hejnal musical piece stops so abruptly. Bill Rayer played the Hejnal a little later in the program that honored Thaddeus Kosciuszko.

Judge Ray Pianka

Judge Ray Pianka



Bill Rayerplaying the Hejnal

William Rayer playing the Hejnal



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Ben Stefanski introduced Julian Stanczak at the 2013 celebration of Polish Constitution Day and the unveiling of the Kosciuszko monument at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Julian Stanczak was born in Poland and became a famous painter and printmaker in Cleveland Ohio and the world. He is being recognized with an honorary doctorate degree from Case Western Reserve University along with Peter B. Lewis.

Ben Stefanski speaking



The ceremony continued with speeches and performances.

Cleveland Chief of Regional Development Ed Rybka

Cleveland Chief of Regional Development Ed Rybka

Thaddeus Radzilowski

Thaddeus Radzilowski

Polish  event at CMA

young girl plays trumpet

Paderewski School Girl recites poem

Paderewski School Girl recites poem

Paderewski School Girl recites poem

Paderewski School Girl recites poem

The crowd marched to the statue of Thaddeus Kosciuszko.

Thaddeus Kosciuszko statue

Thaddeus Kosciuszko statue

Thaddeus Kosciuszko statue


Gene Bak, Executive Director of the Polish American Cultural Center, commemorated the Polish Constitution of May 3rd and the unveiling of the Kosciuszko monument at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Gene Bak

Gene Bak



Singing at Thaddeus Kosciuszko Statue in Cleveland


Thaddeus Kosciuszko Statue in Cleveland


Thaddeus Kosciuszko Statue in Cleveland


Thaddeus Kosciuszko Statue in Cleveland


Thaddeus Kosciuszko Statue in Cleveland


Enjoy these images of the performers from Gorale of PNA, PIAST of PRCUA and the Paderewski School.

Gorale Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Gorale Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Gorale Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Piast Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Piast Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Piast Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Piast Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Piast Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Piast Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Gorale Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Gorale Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Gorale Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Gorale Dancers at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art


Thinker Statue at Polish Constitution Day at the Cleveland Museum of Art



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