23 February 2008
The Polish Legion of American Veterans is a non-profit Congressionally Chartered organization, whose membership shall not be discriminatory on the basis of race, color religion or national origin. We are committed to the ideals of patriotism, charity and volunteerism through allegiance to our Country, honor to our Country's standards and aiding in the rehabilitation of disabled veterans. Our goal is to dedicate time and effort to insure that no benefits be denied to those who served their country and to support legislation intended for those who earned the right to the benefits
The PLAV works for veterans causes. For example, we visit hospitalized veterans at VA Medical Centers and Veterans Homes. Without these visits, many hospitalized veterans would have a very lonely and sad existence.
We work with other veterans to help the indigent and less fortunate veterans. We participate in ceremonies commemorating Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Polish Constitution Day, Pulaski Day and other events.
The PLAV takes time to have a little fun too by participating at social events at our various Posts throughout the nation. For example, many Posts sponsor An Evening in Warsaw and other social events.
On the education front, we provide scholarships to children and grandchildren of veterans.
It is very important to us that we remind Americans of the contributions and sacrifices made by Americans of Polish descent to safeguard the freedoms of our great nation.
Culturally, we band together and preserve the Polish customs and traditions of our forebears and to carry on with the many activities in which the PLAV is involved.
17 February 2008
Description of the Army
by James J. Czuchra
An estimated 20,000 Polish persons answered the call to fight for freedom and the opportunity to regain Poland's independence during World War I in the Polish Army in France (in Polish, Armia Polska we Francyi). They were recruited from among the Polish immigrants who came to America to fight with France.
The Polish Army in France was also called 'Haller's Army,' after the general who commanded it, or the 'Blue Army,' for the blue uniforms the soldiers wore.
For more information, see:
Polish Genealogical Society Newsletter, Vol. X, #1, Spring 1987, pages 1,3-4.
'World War I Polish American Military Records,' by Joseph T. Hapak, a brief history of the Polish Army in France.
Searchers, the Newsletter of the PGS of Western New York, #8, January 1993,pp.17-20. 'Buffalonians in Polish Army,' compiled by Ted Smardz, a listing of Buffalo recruits.
01 February 2008
address, city, state, zip
The Honorable Barbara Mikulski
503 Hart Senate Office Building
Dear Senator Mikulski:
I am writing to ask you to sponsor a United States Senate Resolution in order to register five facts of history about
Over the past two years, the continuing distortion of
First, the U.S. House of Representatives called for today’s Poland, the Third Polish Republic, to ape what some post-Communist countries in Europe already have done -- compensate individuals whose property was seized and confiscated by the Nazis during World War II, and then nationalized by Communist governments either during the final stages of the 1939-1945 War, or after May 8/9, 1945 -- the dates that mark the cessation of World War II combat in Europe.
The unnamed post-Communist countries mentioned in this House of Representatives Resolution were allies of Nazi Germany --
Secondly, on 6 April 2007, your colleague Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton, in her capacity as a member of the Commission on Security and Cooperation in
American public opinion must unambiguously understand that Nazi Germany and the Soviet Union (acting through their Communist proxies in
If today’s Poland enacts a law on compensation and/or restitution of World War II era despoiled and then nationalized private property, then American public opinion must understand that Poland, unlike some other post-Communist European countries, was not an ally of Nazi Germany.
This is why I encourage you to sponsor a U.S. Senate Resolution on
2. Polish armed forces were the fourth largest contingent (after the former
Soviet Union, the former British Empire, and the
3. Nazi Germany did not want to set-up a collaborationist Nazi-satellite
State on Nazi conquered Polish territory.
Crime -- the mass murder of European Jewry.
5. After the
occupation, the Communists treated
worse than defeated Axis allies also liberated by the Red Army, like
treatment of their Polish ally on the bogus grounds that Poles needed to
be restrained by Communism and Soviet military occupation or else the
Poles would continue the Judeocide which Hitler began. Many in the
West believed this Stalinist propaganda at the end of World War II -- far
too many continue to believe it today.
Whether or not we are citizens of your home state,
We look forward to your favorable action to fulfill this request.