Polish Sunday - Annual Pilgrimage

June 13, 2017  •  1 Comment

 

 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. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Comments

BLT(non-registered)
Very nice. good to see old traditions alive and well. Very historic what the Europeans did to help create this country.
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