September 2004 offers us an enormous confluence of events, historical, current, and on-going. September in the United States starts with the observance of Labor Day – a day to honor workers and to reflect on the value brought to human life by our labor.
Historically, September marks a time of remembrance, remembering the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the United States, recalling the start of World War 2 with Germany’s September 1st invasion of Poland in 1939. We also recall the 60th anniversary of the heroic Warsaw Uprising – the valiant effort to throw off the shackles of Nazi and Communist oppression.
Over the past several months major historical figures have passed away: Former President Ronald Reagan, Col. Ryszard Kuklinski, Nobel Prize winning poet and advocate of freedom Czeslaw Milosz; Solidarity activist Jacek Kuron; and Polish-American Philanthropist Ed Piszek (read more here…)
How does it all fit together?
PGF believes that the betterment of humanity, on a global scale, must start with each of us and our feelings and attitudes toward our fellow human beings. Individual attitudes, family values, and communities that place human respect and dignity in the forefront help to build a society and a global effort for peace.
This month PGF honors the Heroes of Solidarity, Poland’s labor movement. It was out of the ashes of oppression that these men and women came together to form the nucleus of a movement that changed the world. The by-word of the labor movement is Solidarity. The key phrase for the opponents of oppression is Solidarity. As these figures pass into history, let their example shine not as just an ideal, but rather as the activating and motivating theme of human relationships – Solidarity.
PGF honors both the “great” and the small of Solidarity. Among those we pay special tribute to are:
Anna Walentynowicz, Lech Wałęsa, Tadeusz Mazowiecki, Jacek Kuron, Father Jerzy Popieluszko, Pope John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, Bronisław Geremek, and Adam Michnik.