On Thursday, a special celebration was held in the Polish consulate in New York. The event concerned the admission of sergeant Speck to the Polish Army Veterans’ Association in America. The Veterans’ Association, SWAP, is a more than 100-year old Polish organization launched by Polish Americans who contributed to the gift for Polish independence in General Heller’s army. SWAP cherishes these traditions and brings together all Polish American veterans.
When opening the event, the general consul Adrian Kubicki recounted the events taking place in Afghanistan, pointed to the tradition of the Veterans’ Association and explained the way in which sergeant Speck is yet another foundation for the Polish-American arms alliance which was first established by our mutual war heroes, such as Kościuszko and general Pułaski.
-Heroes such as Correy Speck exemplify the close military cooperation in the past few years which is fundamental for Poland’s increased security
Sergeant Correy Speck took a Polish oath in the presence of the board members of SWAP, i.e., Tadeusza Antoniak – SWAP/s Commander-in-chief, Marek Chrościelewski. and SWAP’s General Adjutant, the son of a recently deceased polish hero Antoni Chrościelewski, a veteran of gen. Anders’ army.
-I am honored. This moment (saving the life of corporal Kulas) also changed my life. I began to research my family origins. It turned out that my own ancestors are Polish immigrants.
–said sergeant Speck after having taken the SWAP oath
Sergeant Correy Speck, along with Marcin Kulas, are the heroes of the screen adaptation of “War veterans have a brush with death” which is a testimony of Polish-American military operations and heroic acts of particular soldiers.
The meeting at the Polish consulate was also attended by representatives of Polish diplomacy, the board of the Veterans’ Association, members of the Committee for Celebrating the Anniversary of the Smoleńsk Catastrophe, and the Clubs of the Polish Newspaper which co-organized the event.
Sergeant Correy Speck, representatives of the consulate, SWAP, and other deserving activists were honored with gorgets commemorating the monument of the Cursed Soldiers revealed in American Częstochowa by president Andrzej Duda. During the event, consul Adrian Kubicki and vice-consul Mateusz Gmura received albums “A mirror of Polishness in the 19th century” from the Clubs of the Polish Newspaper.