11th November 2018 Polish Independence Day in NZ


November 11, 2018 in New Zealand is drawing to a close. Today we celebrated 100 years of Poland regaining independence. It was also the day we commemorated the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I as did all of New Zealand. In Auckland, we started yesterday with a independence walk at sunset on Piha Beach. At the plague on Lion Rock we paid homage to the New Zealand soldiers who died in World War I.

At the Polish school a special lesson was devoted to Poland. The work of the children can be admired at the Polish House. There was also a solemn Mass commemorating the anniversary followed by presentation about the historical events connected with the regaining of independence. And at the Polish House, a ceremony organized by the Auckland Polish Association included the Honorary Consul in Auckland, Mr Bogdan Nowak, who presented government decision about veterans' rights to a few of those who survived the Russian deportations to Siberia during WWII. The consul also presented the Association with books that were sent as part of the "100 libraries for the 100th anniversary" campaign. The exhibition entitled "Piłsudski - a Polish and European Statesman" was opened. And the afternoon was spent listening to Alex Kacprzak playing his own music.


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