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Polish Constitution Day in Parma

Polish Constitution Day in Parma
May 6, 2018

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 a parade and ceremony in Parma's Polish Village.

See video and photos from the Parade

After the Parade, a brief ceremony was held. Rev. Eric Orzech, President of the Polish American Congress Ohio Division, served as MC of the event.

Rev. Eric Orzech

Rev. Eric Orzech


Fr. Eric welcomed the crowd and then introduced Walter Borkowski who led the Polish National Anthem.

Walter Borkowski

Walter Borkowski


Next, Hanna Rutkowski led the US National Anthem.

Hanna Rutkowski

Hanna Rutkowski


Olivia Gutowski played the Hejnal Mariacki.

Olivia Gutowski

Olivia Gutowski


Next, students from the Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish School recited poetry in Polish.

Click here to see the Sienkiewicz Polish School students.

Then, Rev. James Soltvsiak gave an invocation.

Rev. James Soltvsiak

Rev. James Soltvsiak


Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter welcomed the crowd.

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter

Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter


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Patricia and Joseph Rutkowski the wife and son of the late Francis Rutkowski who was posthumous Grand Marshall of the Parade, spoke next.

Patricia and Joseph Rutkowski

Patricia and Joseph Rutkowski


Patricia and Joseph Rutkowski

Patricia and Joseph Rutkowski

A Benediction was offered by Fr. Orzech and God Bless America and Stolat were sung by Walter Borkowski.

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2018 Polish Constitution Day Program in Parma (this page)

2018 Polish Constitution Day Parade in Parma

Students from the Henryk Sienkiewicz Polish School







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