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London, Ontario, October 22, 2006

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October 22, 2006
 
The inaugural On Eagles' Wings event was held in London, Ontario yesterday. This first gathering of the generations to pay tribute to the Polish survivors and victims of World War Two was a great success thanks to the legion of volunteers who helped to put it together and run it, including many of the survivors themselves.
 
Attendees arrived from across south-western Ontario and included  two visitors from the United States.
 
A few photos (below) and some of the written comments left by attendees tell the story:
 
"I enjoyed today's event more than you will ever know. I was moved, more than I can find words for. The best part was speaking with other survivors besides my parents, of their journey and lives today."
 
"What an amazing way to put the events of the 2nd World War and the stories of our ancestors into perspective; individual stories, collective strength."
 
"Fantastic! My father enjoyed it very much. I enjoyed the 'Did You Know' information tidbits and I appreciated the accessibility of the Polish Hall as a venue. The best part was the moving speech about those of us who can barely speak the language... and want to remember, also the bugler and the movies."
 
"Well done, very educational, lots of information."
 
"I liked that there was a lot of information and pictures and that it was not only in Polish but in English too."
 
"The best part was meeting people, sharing stories and the Polish food."
 
"I enjoyed Wanda's dedication and landmark and the many survivors sharing their stories; full of sorrow and joy! Also, the information sessions and the movie."
 
"Wspaniala wystawa (Splendid exhibit)"
 
"My husband and I haven't stopped talking about our day in London... a one-of-a-kind experience. I can't tell you how moved I was during the entire day. What a wonderful tribute to the first generation and how wonderful that someone recognizes that it had an impact on us too. I look forward to future events."
 
"If a second event is planned in the spring we will likely bring our mom and possibly some other family members."
 
"...didn't understand the significance of the whole story but your exhibit opened up a world almost closed shut... father was almost beside himself with joy for seeing all of this..."
 

On Eagles' Wings, October 21, 2006
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Absorbed by the Displays

On Eagles' Wings, October 21, 2006
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A Survivor Stands by Her Display

On Eagles' Wings
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The Event Organizers Begin the Tribute

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The Polish Combatants' Hall in London. Ontario, Canada
 
The Polish Combatants' Association is known in Polish as the Stowarzyszenie Polskich Kombatantow or "SPK," and had its origin in Italy in 1946 as a means to help the soldiers keep in touch. As the Poles dispersed around the world, branches sprung up to follow them, from Great Britain to Africa, Brazil, New Zealand and many other countries. 
 
 The Polish Combatants' hall in London, Ontario is a monument to the local post-war Polish community and a piece of living history. It was built by the Polish survivors of WW2 on the site of the old Carling Brewery. The opening and dedication ceremony was held on November 16, 1960.
 
The following letter of congratulations was received by the SPK executive from the office of American President Eisenhower on occasion of the opening of the hall: 
 
THE WHITE HOUSE
                                                                 WASHINGTON
                                                                                          October 5, 1960
 
Dear Mr. Koziel,
 
It is a pleasure to send greetings to the members of the Polish Combatants' Association gathered at the opening of their new Memorial Hall.
 
As the former Commander of Allied Forces landing in North Africa and Supreme Commander of the Allied Expeditionary Forces in Europe, the President is personally and deeply aware of the heroic contribution of the Polish Forces in the Allied victory in the Second World War. The decision of your organization to dedicate a meeting place to their memory is honoured by all men who have fought for freedom and justice.
 
With Best Wishes,
                                                     Sincerely,
                                                                                                  Frederic Fox,
                                                              Special Assistant in the White House
 
 

Partial List of Names Associated with the Post-War London Area Polish Community
 
Adamczyk
Alaszkiewicz
Andronowicz
Andruszko
Apieczonek
Augustynowicz
Baka
Balewajder, Jozef
Bandrowski
Bartoszewicz
Bartman
Bandolewicz
Bednarek
Bentkowski
Black
Bobako, Pawel
Bobowski
Bobrowski
Bock
Bogacki
Brudnicki
Brzozowski
Bogacki
Bubel
Buchlak
Burczyk
Chelchowski
Chelminiak
Chmielewski
Chodas
Choinski
Chrzan
Chwiecko
Ciechanowicz
Cisak
Cichy
Cukiernik
Czajka
Czajkowski
Czerniawski
Dabrowski
Danieluk
Danowski
Dorosz
Druzynski
Dziadura
Drozd
Depczynski
Dziedziczak
Ferec
Ferenc
Fijak
Galczynska
Garkowski
Gas
Gawor
Gdak
Gladyszczuk
Gnidec
Golab
Gogol
Gorny
Gorski
Grabowski
Gradan
Gradkowski
Gramatyka
Gregalis, Jan
Grodzki
Grudzinski
Grzelak
Grzyb
Grzywnowicz
Grzywo
Gudowski
Halberda
Hardyko
Hladki, Boleslaw
Holod
Holomek
Holot
Hulanicki
Izynski, Boleslaw
Janeczek
Janicki
Janiec
Jakimczuk
Jaras
Jaremek
Jarochowicz
Jarochonowicz
Jedrzejowski
Jojo
Kaczynska
Kaptur
Karbownik
Kasprzak
Kasianowicz
Kaszowski
Kalisz
Kaduszkiewicz
Keay
Kedzielewska
Kedzierski
Kempa
Kiezik
Kloc
Kloskowicz
Kloskowski
Kobarda
Kocemba
Koch
Kochan
Kociszewski
Kolman
Koniar
Konicki
Koralewski
Korzenko
Koszczewa
Kotowicz
Kowalewski
Koza
Koziel
Kozub
Krasnicki
Krasowski
Kraszewski
Kretowicz
Krol
Krukowski
Krzyszczuk
Krzywozanski
Krzyzosiak
Krzyzowski
Kubicki
Kujawa
Kupolski
Kurzwald
Kucy
Labanowski
Lapkowski
Lenkiewicz
Lisowski
Liszewski
Lopato
Lubonski
Lukianiec
Machowski
Macedonski
Maciejewski
Macugajlo
Madry
Majkowski
Makowski
Makarewicz
Makas
Majski
Ks. Malak
Marciniak
Matias
Martynowski
Meksula
Michalek
Mitoraj
Mrugasiewicz
Mysior
Motloch
Muchowski
Nedza
Niekraszewicz
Niemcow
Niesluchowski
Nowakowski
Nuckowska
Ochnik
Oko
Olech
Olma
Omielan
Paczkowski
Pasierbek
Paslawski
Pawlowski
Pietluch
Piotrowicz
Piskorowski
Plucinski
Pluzak
Podgorny
Popiel
Poznar
Proszek
Przybylo, Michal
Przybylski
Przywieda
Przewieda
Ptak
Puchala
Pupinski
Puszkasz
Rozanski
Rzeznik
Rzeczycki
Rudnicki
Ryche
Salwinl
Sapala
Sasko
Sawicki
Sielawko 
Sierechon
Skibinski
Sliwinski
Sokolowski, Tadeusz
Sosnowska
Sroka
Stachowiak
Stachura
Stojkiewicz
Stolarski
Stolfa
Stoparczyk
Struzik
Subocz
Swiderski
Swiec
Szabalaj
Szafinski
Szczerba
Szczesny
Szczolkowski
Szczygielski
Szela
Szeremek
Szul
Szymanski
Talkowski
Teper
Tobola
Tomkowiak
Tracz
Traczuk
Trela
Ul
Ulanowski
Urbaniak
Urbanowicz
Warzecha
Warszakowski
Watras
Wawrzak
Wenzel
Wierzbicki
Wiewiorowski
Wisniewski
Witrylak
Wolownik
Wojkowski
Wojtkowski
Wolczyk
Woszczynski
Wrobel
Zaborowski
Zamojski
Zankowski
Zarfman
Zarucki
Zarski
Zawadzki
Zdankiewicz
Zdonkiewicz
Zellar
Zientara
Zubko
Zybura
Zycinski
Zwicewicz

Sampling of Members of the Polish-Canadian Women's Federation, Branch No. 2
 
Adel-Czlowiekowska, Zofia
Czajkowska, Emilia
Czuma, Hanna
Dobrucka, Jadwiga
Dogoda, Halina
Jakubowska, Zofia
Janik, Helena
Jankowska, Mariola
Jarmakowicz, Regina
Kaczor, Urszula
Labodzinska, Lidia
Pawlik, Janina
Pawluk, Jolanta
Pokusa, Zofia
Sokula, Zofia
Zurowska, Dr. Krystyna

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