The small plot of graves is immediately distinguishable from the others in St. Vincent de Paul cemetery.
Surrounded by a small iron fence, the 25 graves bear the emblem of a white eagle, the symbol of a free Poland.
The soldiers were newly emigrated Polish-Americans when they travelled from the U.S to Niagara-on-the-Lake to train
for an independent Polish army during the First World War. About 20.000 trainees filed through Niagara from 1917 to 1919,
sleeping in barns, outnumbering the town's residents. The men in the graves died in the Spanish influenza pandemic.
Each year, local Poles march from downtown Niagara-on-the-Lake to the cemetery plots, commemorating not only the
spirit of the volunteers but the liberation of the motherland.