Polish Constitution Day Program Ridge Road - Parma, Ohio May 7, 2023
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.
The Constitution of May 3, 1791 is considered one of the most important achievements in the history of Poland. The May 3 anniversary of its adoption has been observed as Poland's most important civil holiday since Poland regained independence in 1918. Its importance for the Polish people has been compared to that of 4 July to the Americans.
After that there was entertainment and a program led by Father Eric Orzech who is pastor of both St Stanislaus and St Casimir churches in Cleveland. He is also the Chaplain of the Polish American Congress Ohio Division.
Father Eric Orzech
After a welcome he introduced PAC Chairman Dr. Mitchell Bienia.
Dr. Mitchell Bienia and Father Eric Orzech
Then Julie Anna Gulenko sang the national anthem of Ukraine.
Julie Anna Gulenko
Olivia Gutowski played the Hejnal mariacki on trumpet.
Olivia Gutowski playing the Hejnal mariacki
Elizabeth Suhac sang the national anthem of Poland.
Elizabeth Suhac singing Polish anthem
Then Walter Borkowski sang the US national anthem.
Watch a video of all the above items.
Father Eric introduced Father Jason from St. Mary's Polish National Catholic Church who gave a blessing in English and then Polish.
Then Fr. Eric gave his own remarks.
Here is the video of the invocation and remarks.
Father Eric then introduced the co-Grand Marshals of the Polish Constitution Day Parade - Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter and United Ukrainian Organizations of Ohio President Marta Kelleher. Mayor Tim DeGeeter spoke about his mother's Polish heritage.
Mitch Bienia, Marta Kelleher and Tim DeGeeter
Parma Mayor Tim DeGeeter
Marta thanked the people of Poland and the Baltics and their communities in the US for their support of Ukraine.
Watch the video of the Grand Marshals speeches.
Walter Borkowski sang God Bless America and then led the crowd in Sto lat (One Hundred Years) which is a traditional Polish song that is sung to express good wishes, good health and long life. Watch the video.
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