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Lech Walesa Visits Washington during 25th Anniversary of Solidarity Workers' Union

Walesa Saluting PLAV MembersSaluting PLAV Members and Delivering Speech on Capital Hill during Luncheon

Walesa Salutes PLAV Members

Former commander of Poland's armed forces (as a past president of Poland), Lech Walesa is depicted (right) delivering a hand salute to the assembled members of the Polish Legion of American Veterans after being presented with gifts that included the PLAV cap that he is wearing with obvious delight. At right is Department and Post Commander Eugene Pawlikowski, Sr., at left is official interpreter Magdalena Iwinska. The occasion was the 21st Annual Instillation of Officers, PLAV S/Sgt. Joseph A. Jagiello Post No. 191, Washington Metropolitan Area, in Silver Spring, Maryland on September 25, 2005.

Following the grand banquet, Walesa's rousing speech, which also honored all veterans and their sacrifices, was heard by the assembly and guests from the Embassy of Poland that included Ambassador Janusz Reiter, Deputy Chief of Mission Boguslaw Winid, Culture & Public Affairs Counselor Mariusz Brymora, and Brigadier General Kazimierz Sikorski, Defense and Air Attache. Having recently arrived in Washington from Warsaw, Ambassador Reiter was honored to use the PLAV forum to make his first United States appearance and remarks, ideally occurring in front of a Polonia audience.

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General Pulaski Day Celebrated in Baltimore

One Brigadier General Honors Another

BALTIMORE, Md. - General Pulaski Day Celebrated in Baltimore. Brigadier General Kazimierz Sikorski (pictured), Defense and Air Attache, Embassy of the Republic of Poland, paid eloquent homage to his fellow general and countryman in front of the Pulaski Monument in Patterson Park during ceremonies held here on October 16, 2005. U.S. Brigadier General Casimir Pulaski, "Father of the American Cavalry," is depicted on the dynamic monument in the background leading a Revolutionary War cavalry charge against the British lines at Savanna, Georgia, just before he was fatally wounded. The annual event was organized by the Polish Legion of American Veterans - General Casimir Pulaski Post 209, and the Polish Heritage Association of Maryland.

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Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus

Author Owen Gingerich, a professor at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, presented his recent book- The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus here on April 13, 2005 to an audience at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. After being introduced by host Charge d' Affaires Boguslaw Winid, Prof. Gingerich proceeded to deliver an eye-opening lecture about his most recent Copernicus book, and Copernican theory, which he illustrated with colorful and explanatory slides. As is often stated, Copernicus' most revolutionary and totally unprecedented astronomy work "stopped the earth and moved the sun" in the grand scheme of all things celestial in our universe. This radical theory was set into Latin print in the spring of 1543 and presented to Copernicus as he was laying on his deathbed. The great mortal man died as his earth-stopping immortal work was born- to live forever as an axiomatic law of the universe.

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Children's Polish-Immersion Summer Camp

Polish National Alliance (PNA) Council 21, led by President Jim Mislak, offered a children's Polish language summer camp here at it's large, multi-functional building from June 20 to July 8, 2005. Attending the pilot program were 9 boys and girls ranging in age from 2 to 6, most of whom had at least one Polish speaking parent at home. The focused cultural program was conceived, planned and implemented by PNA Polish language teacher Beata Moskala-Gallaher, assisted daily by Beata Szymonik and Andrzej Carnaggio.

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An Evening With Author Francis C. Kajencki

Military historian and author Francis C. Kajencki was feted here with a special evening at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland on June 22, 2005. The affair was hosted by Minister Plenipotentiary Boguslaw Winid and co-sponsored by the Polish Library in Washington, led by President Ryszard Okreglak. Kajencki presented to the attentive audience a short, fascinating synopsis for each of his 5 published books:

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