The Polish Armed Forces Plaque to be unveiled at St Peter’s Square in Manchester

Date: 03-05-2024 Hour: 12:00

Event place: St Peter's Square, Manchester

The Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Manchester, with the support of the City of Manchester, is organising an unveiling ceremony of The Polish Armed Forces Plaque in Manchester. The event takes place on Friday, the 3rd of May, at 12.00 pm at St Peter’s Square in Manchester.

The unveiling of the Polish Armed Forces Plaque is a significant event, a testament to the bravery and sacrifice of Polish airmen, sailors, and soldiers who fought during the Second World War on various war fronts, from Poland through the Middle East, North Africa, continental Europe, and the United Kingdom. The Manchester community has come together to commemorate the valour and sacrifices of our war heroes by creating a symbol of remembrance.

The ceremony takes place on Poland’s Constitution Day – a Polish national day to commemorate the first ever written Constitution in Europe, the second in the world after the Constitution of the United States. It will also be a part of the annual Polish Heritage Days, which traditionally occur in May. They aim to promote and celebrate Polish culture, the heritage of past generations, Polish contribution to the cultural, economic and social life of the United Kingdom, and to emphasise the Polish community’s positive role in the United Kingdom. This year is the 8th edition of the PHD, and the main themes of the local celebrations are the 25th anniversary of being a NATO Member, the 20th anniversary of Poland joining the EU, and a significant historical event from the WW2 – 80th anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino.

Joanne Roney MBE, chief executive of Manchester City Council, said:
„As a city we will never forget the valiant role which Polish soldiers, pilots and sailors played in helping to defeat the Nazis in World War Two. We welcome this plaque as a permanent reminder of their heroic efforts and as a symbol of the ongoing friendship between our two countries as well as the positive contribution which Polish citizens and British citizens with Polish heritage continue to make to Manchester.”

Michał Mazurek, the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Manchester, said:

„While our generation fully enjoy the benefits of freedom and democracy, we want to pay tribute to those who made the ultimate sacrifice to make it possible. This project is a perfect example of common British and Polish heritage and our shared values. I am truly grateful to everyone involved in this momentous project.”

Source: Press Office of the Consulate General of the Republic of Poland in Manchester


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