2022 Polish National Independence Day

Narodowe Święto Niepodległości


“November 11th is a special day for the Polish people because it represents the fulfillment of their pursuit of freedom during Poland’s long and painful history. The many doomed uprisings, the bondage of Siberian exile, and efforts to sustain Polish culture and identity were not in vain. After over a century of a consistent, dedicated, and tireless fight, Poland emerged from the iron chains of the partitioning powers. November 11th is the collective legacy of generations of Polish patriots who stood against overwhelming odds. It was the day when Poles’ dreams and hopes were fulfilled in the rebirth of their nation” /from the Polish American Congress (PAC) website/


“I deeply believe in the independent, sovereign, free Poland. I deeply believe in my compatriots. I deeply believe in the sense of great faith – latent in everyone and in all of us — in the value of sovereign, independent, our own Poland, where we govern and make decisions all by ourselves. I deeply believe in the wisdom of our society” – said Polish President Andrzej Duda during the ceremony and guard briefing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw. The Lithuanian President Gitanas Nausėda was in attendance.

104 Words for 104 Years
of Polish Independence

Under this title arrived the special address delivered in Polish to the Polish people from the Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky:

“Dear Poland. Your regained independence is 104 years old today. And I have 104 words for you. Ukraine and Poland together. You are our sister. We had our ups and downs, but we are relatives. We are free. When our regained independence was 30 years old, Poland was next to us. I remember our shared happiness. We rejoiced together. When we met again with the old common enemy, Poland was next to us. Ukrainians will always remember this. They will remember how they welcomed us, how they help us. Your people are our allies. Your country is our sister. Your friendship is forever. Our friendship is forever. Our love is forever. Together we will be winners. With Independence Day, Poland. With Independence Day, my dear…”

Friday, November 11th, 2022 Newsletter No Comments

2022 Independence and Veteran Day Luncheon (invitation)


Polish American Congress Wisconsin Division
cordially invites all to the


Sunday, November 6, 2022

6941 S. 68th Street Franklin, WI 53132
► Map of Location ◄

Cash Bar and Raffle: 12:00 pm
Luncheon 1:00 pm

Cost: $40.00 per adult member ($40.00 per non-member), $20.00 per child 12 and under

For additional information, please contact
Andrew Wozniewicz at (414)405-8542 or

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2022 August Highlights

2022 Jeziorski concert

Sunday, August 7 at 3pm

Jeff Jeziorski
preeminent Milwaukee clarinetist
with Guy Fiorentini, and the Milwaukee Hot Club

► details available here ◄
► map of location ◄

2021 PCW Cafe

Also, the Polish Café in Polish Center of Wisconsin
continues through October 26

Check the CAFÉ MENU in advance

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2022 Wianki, Polish Celebration of Noc Świętojańska (St. John’s Night)

Polish American Congress – WI Division,
Polanki and Polish Heritage Alliance

cordially invite all to

Polish midsummer celebration
known also as Kupała Night, Sobótka,
or Noc Świętojańska (St. John’s Night)

WHEN: June 22, 2022 at 5 pm

WHERE: The front lawn and pond at the
Polish Center of Wisconsin
6941 S. 68th Street, Franklin, WI 53132

Bring your family/friends and get ready to place flower wreaths (wianki) on the water and join the hunt for the mythical fern flower.

Make wianki yourself with flowers and greenery from your garden or bring the wreaths bought at the Polish Fest or other Polish events. A very limited number of wianki will be available at the event.

Also, bring some candles to give a special glow to your wreath floating on the water. And for the most festive experience, wear white dress/shirt or show off your beautiful Polish folk costume.

2022 wianki
Hungry for Polish Food?
The Polish Café will be open from 4pm to 8pm.
Here is what’s on the menu for Wednesday, June 22

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Celebrating Constitution of May 3, 1791 in Polish Center of Wisconsin

    in Polish Center of Wisconsin

    The 1791 Constitution was celebrated this year through Words, Music and Imagery. A series of five posters featuring the most iconic images related to the May 3rd Constitution provided a spectacular backdrop for the performance of Chopin’s music and remarks explaining the critical importance of this remarkable document.

    The Hon. Francis T. Wasielewski was the pianist of the evening. A Judge of the Wisconsin Circuit Court for Milwaukee County for 28 years, he also pursues his life long love for music (studies at the University of Indiana School of Music and Wisconsin Conservatory of Music). He was President of the Polish Heritage Alliance of Wisconsin (2004 to 2009) and now sits on the Board of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra.

    Chopin’s compositions played at the event:
    Mazurka opus 6, No.3 in E major
    Prelude opus 24, No. 4 in E minor
    Prelude opus 24 No. 19 in E flat major
    Grande Waltz Brilliante in E flat major opus 18
    Etude opus 10 No. 3 in E major
    Polonaise opus 40 No. 1 in A major

    ► event program ◄

    2022 celebration
    photo gallery

    On the Significance of the Constitution and the Poster Exhibit

    Remarks by Donald E. Pienkos
    Professor Emeritus of Political Science

    Tonight we celebrate an event that took place 231 years ago tomorrow, an event of great significance for Poland and for the cause of representative self government. It is the anniversary of the vote in Poland’s parliament that approved a new Constitution for the country. This Constitution, Europe’s first modern Constitution, is strikingly similar to our own Constitution that was ratified in 1789, just two years before.

    Poland’s Constitution was indeed both remarkable – and critical to Poland’s very survival. It provided for a properly functioning parliament, an independent judiciary, and a strong executive. It created a permanent standing army to defend the country. At the same time the ‘May Third Constitution’ reaffirmed Poland’s tradition of religious toleration, respect for individual rights and the rule of law while declaring – for the very first time – that the country’s vast peasant population was part of the nation and under the government’s protection.

    When the news of the Constitution came out, it won praise from freedom-loving people everywhere.

    The Constitution reflected a concerted effort by patriotic Poles, including its reform-minded King, Stanislaus Poniatowski, to do away with the profound defects in its government that had left a once great country “in a perpetual state of near anarchy.” In doing so, they aimed at regaining Poland’s full independence in its dealings with the three giant powers on its borders – imperial Russia to the east, Habsburg Austria to the south, and German Prussia to the west.

    From left to right in the front row: Professor Donald Pienkos and Hon. Francis T. Wasielewski

    Indeed, less than twenty years before in 1772, those three superpowers, led by Empress Catherine II of Russia, had seized 30 percent of the country – a shocking act of aggression that our history books far too politely call “the first partition of Poland”.

    But the new Constitution would last just 14 months. Some nobles, who in one historian’s words, held “views that epitomized the worst vices of the old Poland,” opposed its passage. Here, Catherine II took full advantage of their complaints by sending in a massive 100,000 man army to restore the old disorder.

    Despite the heroic efforts by Poland’s vastly outnumbered forces, Russia and its Prussian ally prevailed in the war that followed. In 1793 they seized three-fifths of the country. Catherine then ordered a counterfeit Parliament to nullify the Constitution.

    But only months later, Gen. Thaddeus Kosciuszko, who had served with distinction in our own War for Independence, led an insurrection to save Poland. But his last ditch effort was crushed. The three partitioners then divided up what little remained of the country. Poland would not regain its independence for 123 years – in 1918.

    However, the memory of the Constitution did not die. As Mark Brzezinski, our new U.S. Ambassador to Poland, wrote in his book,The Struggle for Constitutionalism in Poland, its ideals inspired future generations of patriots. He cites one observer who declared, “The miracle of the Constitution did not save the Polish state. But it did save the Polish nation.” Indeed, after 1918 and again after 1989, the May Third Constitution has been celebrated as a great national day in independent Poland.

    In closing let me note that in every country, there are moments that help define what its people stand for and aspire to be. For example, in our own America we have the Declaration of Independence of July 4, 1776 and Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address of 1863. In England there are Winston Churchill’s stirring words to rally the nation following the calamity of Dunkirk in 1940. In Poland there is the amazing election of June 4, 1989 that led to the collapse of communist rule and paved the way for the end of the Cold War. And there is the Constitution of May Third 1791.

    Despite the heroic efforts by Poland’s vastly outnumbered forces, Russia and its Prussian ally prevailed in the war that followed. In 1793 they seized three-fifths of the country. Catherine then ordered a counterfeit Parliament to nullify the Constitution.

    Now let me turn briefly to the Posters displayed tonite. The work of the Polish Center, they vividly tell the story of the Constitution and in various art forms.

    The first shows what Poland looked like before and after the first partition of 1772. Poland’s king and the Empress of Russia, who were once young lovers, are pictured as they were in 1791 when they were much older.

    The painting in the second panel is based on an eye witness drawing and shows the parliament at the moment of the vote to approve the Constitution. One of its authors is also shown.

    The fourth panel portrays the joyous procession that followed the passage of the Constitution as conceived by the great Painter Jan Matejko. The king is at the left. Two of its authors are shown as well.

    The final panel includes a fragment of Jan Styka’s painting of Kosciuszko’s victory over a large Russian army at Raclawice in April 1794. Together, nobles, townspeople, and peasants won that day – a high point in the fight for Poland. The monumental Raclawice Panorama is on permanent display today, inshrined in the city of Wroclaw.

    This event was sponsored by The Milwaukee Society of the Polish National Alliance, in Cooperation with the Polish Center of Wisconsin and support from the Wisconsin Division of the Polish American Congress. Special Thanks for creating the Poster Exhibit go to Mr Jeff Kuderski, Executive Director of the Polish Center and Polish Fest, and Mr Jim Gaffney.

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