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What does patriotism look like outside of Poland? Janusz Skowron comments, a Polish activist in America from Kolbuszowa [KOMENTARZ]

What does patriotism look like outside of Poland?  Janusz Skowron comments, a Polish activist in America from Kolbuszowa [KOMENTARZ]

Being a patriot abroad, especially in a melting pot of multiculturalism like New York, is a huge challenge. In my opinion, every Pole in the diaspora should strive to see our ethnic group through an active and dignified representation of Poland. Being a patriot is an honor – says Janusz Skoron from Golpuszów, now living in the USA.

More than 33 years since I immigrated to America, my identity with my mother tongue, culture, heritage and history has not faded. “I am personally satisfied that I can participate in the life of many Polish institutions, such as the Polish Scientific Institute (Piaza), the Polish-Slavic Center or the Józef Piszczyk Institute in New York,” says Janusz Skowran from Kolbuszów.

As a rule, young Poles in America are patriotic and not ashamed of being Polish. This applies to people where Polish language and traditions are brought up in family homes. The so-called Education Saturday Polish auxiliary schools. It requires a lot of commitment and dedication of free time from children and adolescents. The fact is that the number of Poles is decreasing, and the younger generation is rapidly becoming Americanized.

Cultivating our history is mainly through participation in patriotic and religious events and education of the younger generation. A great expression of Polish patriotism, nurtured for 85 years, is the annual Pulaski Parade on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. It is attended by thousands of Poles who are proud of their origins and Polish achievements. Polish schools, churches, organizations, Polish bands, folk groups, singers and politicians present themselves in a white and red parade that lasts for several hours. This year, the grand marshal of the parade is Kolbuzova-born Marcin Luk. The parade kicks off Poland’s National Heritage Month. The Consulate of the Republic of Poland in Manhattan is the organizer of numerous patriotic and cultural celebrations related to fostering beautiful Polish traditions.

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