House unanimously adopts Merski resolution commemorating 100 years of United States-Poland diplomatic relations

Also recognizes commonwealth’s strong Polish-American community

HARRISBURG, June 17 – The House today unanimously adopted a resolution commemorating 100 years of diplomatic relations between the United States and Poland, state Rep. Bob Merski, D-Erie, announced today.

Merski said he introduced H.R. 353 to honor both the strong relations between the countries and the rich Polish-American heritage shared by so many Pennsylvanians.

“I’m thrilled that the House unanimously adopted my resolution commemorating a century of strong diplomatic relations between the United States and Poland,” Merski said. “Polish Americans – including more than 800,000 Poles and Americans of Polish ancestry who call Pennsylvania home – treasure the bond our countries share and the ways in which the United States and Poland have stood shoulder-to-shoulder through the decades as staunch supporters of democracy.

“We are also deeply proud of the ways in which Polish-American customs and traditions have enriched life in Pennsylvania and of the many influences Polish Americans have had on science, the arts and industry in Pennsylvania.”

Guests present for the vote on the resolution included Kamil Henne, Deputy Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York; Deborah Majka, Honorary Consul of Southeastern Pennsylvania; Peter Obst, representative of the Poles in America Foundation; and Sylwia Czajkowska, Hanna Wewiora, and Michael Wewiora, secretary, treasurer, and member, respectively, of the Kosciuszko Foundation Philadelphia Chapter.