On September 22nd, Poland’s president Andrzej Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda visited New Britain, CT.
During their historic visit they attended a mass at Holy Cross Church, participated in a wreath-laying ceremony at Sacred Heart Cemetery, visited Central Connecticut State University’s Elihu Burritt Library, and gave a speech in front of a boisterous crowd in New Britain’s Walnut Hill Park.
The PGSCTNE had representation at this memorable event. PGSCTNE president Jonathan Shea attended and shared a few pictures from this proud occasion.
Jeffrey Cymbler, a prominent Polish-Jewish genealogist from New York City with roots in Będzin, and Jonathan Shea await the arrival of Polish Present Andzrej Duda who was on an official state visit to New Britain.
PGSCTNE President Jonathan Shea and Teresa Sapieha-Yanchak (wife of Connecticut State Representative Rick Lopes) pose in the by invitation only VIP section of the Darius Miller Music shell in New Britain, CT awaiting the arrival of Polish President Andrzej Duda. Duda visited various locations in New Britain prior to his speech at the venue in which he stressed the importance of preserving the heritage, language and customs of the Polish-American community. Photo by Timothy Yanchak
Jonathan Shea, Victoria Lamore and her husband Richard stand before the City of New Britain flag which was displayed at the ceremonies honoring Polish President Andrzej Duda.