• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 4 May 2017

    In accordance with tradition, a celebration was held at the Ambassador’s Residence in Washington, DC marking the anniversary of the May 3rd Constitution. Among those in attendance were Secretary of State for International Dialogue Senator Anna Maria Anders, Deputy Marshal of the Senate Adam Bielan, as well as members of the US Congress, including Senator Roy Blunt and Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur.

    In welcoming guests Ambassador Piotr Wilczek described the historical context that gave rise to Europe’s first constitution. The Ambassador recalled that not soon after the constitution was passed, Poland was wiped off the map of Europe for 123 years. “Although the constitution did not prevent the final partition of Poland, it inspired Polish patriots to pass on to future generations the most precious values of old Poland: belief in democracy, religious tolerance and solidarity” noted Ambassador Wilczek.


    Ambassador Wilczek explained that Poland’s political situation today is very different from the situation our country found itself in at the end of the 18th century. “Over half my life was spent living behind the iron curtain, and never in my wildest imagination did I dream that there would come a time when American soldiers, our friends and allies, would be in Poland, training side by side with Polish soldiers. Today, Poland is not alone. Today Poland is part of the effective NATO alliance. Today Poland has a friend and ally in the United States, the most powerful country in the world” stressed Ambassador Wilczek.


    During the course of the celebrations Polish state awards were presented. Ambassador Pierre Clive Agius, the former Ambassador of Malta to Poland and currently Ambassador to the US was awarded the Commander’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland; Mr. Michael Hammond received the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland, and Professor David A. Lipton received the Amicus Poloniae Award.


    Among the numerous guests in attendance were representatives of the US Administration, diplomatic corps, Washington think-tanks, as well as members of Polonia.


    We wish to thank the Polish and Slavic Federal Credit Union and Adamba for their financial support of the event.


    Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC

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