The Polish Heritage Society
A Polish Flame on a Polish Grave - 2011
3 November 2011 - Campaign Summary
The Polish Heritage Society would like to thank all the volunteers from all over the United Kingdom who took part in our campaign “A Polish Flame on a Polish Grave” (see galleries below).
Hundreds of Poles from different generations and walks of life lit more than 1,000 candles on the graves at more than 50 cemeteries in Scotland, Wales, the Midlands and all over London in the run-up to All Saints’ Day on November 1st. They included graves of officers and soldiers from the Polish Army, members of the political and cultural elite, and ordinary people whose lives had ended in their adopted country and whose families are no longer there to look after them.
We are very grateful to the Polish Consulate and the Polish Catholic Mission, who provided the candles. Numerous Polish organisations replied to our appeal again: Poland Street, Polish schools, Polish Scouts and Girl Guides, SPK and all the Polish media represented in the UK.
The Polish Heritage Society raised the awareness of the Polish Poets’ Corner in Hampstead Cemetery in London. Literary figures buried there include Zygmunt Nowakowski, Teodozja Lisiewicz, Kazimierz Wierzynski, Antoni Borman, Krystyna Herling-Grudzinska and Tadeusz Sulkowski. As a result, for the first time this year, we worked with Zwiazek Pisarzy Polskich na Obczyznie (ZPPoN) (Union of Polish Writers Abroad) on the campaign.
The full list of participating organisations is so long that it is not possible to mention everybody, and we hope to mobilise even more people next year.
Register today for next year’s campaign “A Polish Flame on a Polish Grave”.
Gallery: Katyń Memorial and the Polish Airforce Memorial at Northolt
Gallery: Hampstead Cemetery
Gallery: Gunnersbury and South Ealing Cemeteries
Gallery: Polish Air Force Cemetery at Newark-on-Trent
Gallery: Brompton Cemetery
Gallery: North Sheen Cemetery