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Sunday, 19 November 2017 07:01
 

Black Ribbon Day - Manitoba

Black Ribbon Day is celebrated in Canada since 2009. Adopted by the Canadian Parliament it is a day to celebrate all the victims of totalitarian regimes in Europe.
This year's celebration in Winnipeg was organized by the Canadian Polish Congress, MB District.   At the Manitoba Legislature in the hall called “The Pool of the Black Star” representatives gathered from various levels of government and ethnic groups. Present was MP Kevin Lamoureux, Provincial Minister  Ron Schuler,  MLA’s: Nic Curry, Cindy Lamoureux, Brad Michalski, Andrew Smith, Len Isleifson, Polish Honorary Consul  Dr. Włodzimierz Czarnecki, German Honorary Consul Lucia Stooldryer, Pastor of Andrew Bobola Parish Father Sebastian Gacki and Father Daniel Janulewicz from Holy Ghost Parish. 


The program opened with an address by the master of ceremonies President of the Canadian Polish Congress, MB District Grazyna Galezowski.  A Historical outline of Black Ribbon Day was presented by President of the Polish Gymnastics Association Sokol St. Boniface, Peter Arlukiewicz.  Honorary guests also brought greetings during which they emphasized the importance of the ceremony and some even recalled personal experiences. A musical interlude was provided by Aneta Los and décor for the celebration was made by Wioletta Los. 

Benedicte Lemaitre and Adam Pawlak conducted the special prayers. We had the opportunity to all unite together in a humble prayer flowing straight from the hearts of representatives of ethnic groups: Polish, Hungarian, Czech, Ukraine, Lithuania and Slovakia.
This event allowed us to reconnect with all the European nations that have been oppressed by totalitarian regimes. This dark part of history is dragging a stem of sorrow along times and generations. Brutal and repulsing images in our minds and memories make us close our eyes and ears. Nevertheless, this is the testament of our forefathers to remember the millions of innocent victims and heroes, keep them alive in our hearts and do not leave them unrecognized for our children.