The Brantford International Villages Festival has just wrapped up, and if you were lucky enough to visit one of the two Polish villages that participate in this event annually, you may be interested in learning more about the Polish community in Brantford.
The Polish Combatants’ Association of Canada – Branch 4 (also known as SPK, which stands for Stowarzyszenia Polskich Kombatantów w Kanadzie) invites you to learn more about their culture and their heroic efforts as part of the Allied forces during WWII at their banquet on August 3, 2019 at the Polish Hall (154 Pearl Street, Brantford).
Local WWII Polish veterans will be in attendance, as well as dignitaries such as the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Canada; the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Toronto; MP Phil McColeman; Mayor Kevin Davis; and Lord Mayor Walter Gretzky, who will be receiving a special medal from the SPK.
Tickets for this event are $35 and are available through Adam Sikora by phone at 519-753-6738 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Doors open at 5:00 p.m., opening remarks begin at 6:00 p.m., and dinner starts at 7:00 p.m. Dancing, music and other entertainment will happen throughout the evening.
The Polish War Veterans Memorial is also a great place to visit in downtown Brantford to honour these veterans. The Memorial is located in Tom Thumb Park, and commemorates the contribution of Polish combatants and Canadian soldiers during WWII. The monument was donated to the City of Brantford by The Polish Combatants’ Association of Canada – Branch 4; an inscription highlight is 'We fought for your freedom and ours.'
About the Polish Combatants’ Association
The Polish Combatants' Association (PCA) is an organization composed primarily of the Polish veterans of the Polish 2nd Corps who fought alongside British and Canadian troops during the Italian Campaign (notably Monte Cassino), 1943-45, under the operational command of the British Eighth Army. Most of these men had been prisoners of the Soviet Union during 1939-1941, languishing in Soviet prisons or toiling in the slave labour camps. Many of these men lost friends and family members due to executions or the brutal conditions in the camps and prisons. Because Poland was occupied by the Soviet Union towards the end of the war, most Poles could not safely return home. As a result, the PCA was established after the war to help the demobilized Polish soldiers adjust to their new lives as civilians and exiles, to continue military traditions, and also to keep everyone at the ready, as many were expecting World War Three to soon erupt.