President Duda wraps up US visit with tribute to Polish Americans
PR dla Zagranicy
President Andrzej Duda paid tribute to Polish Americans during the last evening of his visit to the United States.
President Andrzej Duda speaks at the Polish Consulate in New York. Photo: PAP/Jacek Turczyk
During a meeting at the Polish Consulate in New York on Tuesday evening, Duda noted that many of the older generation of Polish Americans had fought for Polish independence during World War II, and that the Polish diaspora had spent decades concerned with the fate of the country.
The president said that thanks to the end of communism in 1989, Poles were able “to throw off the shackles and start to repair the republic.
“I say start because the process lasts and the republic continously needs to be repaired.
“You are constantly taking part in that process,” he added, noting that he hoped that Polish Americans felt that they could return to their homeland.
Duda also decorated several members of the Polish community with honours. Among the recipients was Lech Roman Sobieszek, an opposition activist during the communist era.
During the May presidential election, Polish Americans voted resoundingly in favour of Duda.
The president was in the US to attend the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly.
It has been estimated that there are about 10 million Polish Americans, amounting to over 3 percent of the US population. (nh/rk)