Patriotic celebrations at Hayfield Cemetery - Kirkcaldy (Scotland), 23-24 November 2019

The ceremonial unveiling and consecration of the monument to General Mikołaj Osikowski took place as part of the Independence Day celebrations on 23 November 2019, at 11:00, at the Hayfield Cemetery in Kirkcaldy (Scotland).Major Tadeusz Wasilewski, Stanisław Stokłosa and Bernadette Byrne also rest in the grave.

On Sunday, 24 November 2019, at 10.15, a mass was celebrated by Bishop Krzysztof Zadarka at St. Mary's cathedral on Broughton Street. In the evening, a concert of the Polish Radio Chamber Orchestra Amadeus at St. Mary's Cathedral, Palmerston Place in Edinburgh also took place.

The unveiling ceremony was attended by the Polish Ambassador to Great Britain Arkady Rzegocki, the Consul General of the Republic of Poland in Edinburgh Ireneusz Truszkowski, the Marshal of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship Piotr Całbecki, the family of General Osikowski and representatives of the authorities of Fife County.The Institute of National Remembrance was represented by the Deputy President of the Institute, Jan Baster and the Director of the Office of Commemorating the Struggles and Martyrdom, Adam Siwek.

On behalf of the Institute of National Remembrance, I would like to thank the authorities of Fife County and the local government for their help in arranging this grave and for taking part in today's ceremony - said Adam Siwek, the Director of the Office of Commemorating the  Struggle and Martyrdom during the ceremony


We see the erection of the tombstone with the inscription dedicated to General Osikowski and the other people resting in the grave as a duty of the Polish State towards those who during World War II and after it ended, were forced to seek shelter in various parts of Europe and the world. The Institute of National Remembrance cooperated in this respect with the Polish Consulate in Edinburgh.

If you have any knowledge of cases of graves of Polish veterans located in Poland or in other parts of the world which have been forgotten or are in danger of being liquidated, please do not hesitate to contact the Institute of National Remembrance





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