On Friday, June 2, 2017, Colonel Ray Wojcik met students at the Konopnicka Gymnasium in Legionowo to celebrate and discuss the accomplishments of the Polish-American hero General Tadeusz Kościuszko. More than 200 students from Konopnicka and two of Warsaw’s high schools, i.e. Hoffmanova and Vladislaus Fourth schools, attended the event, which was organized by Adam and Margo Koniuszewski of the Bridge Foundation, an organization which engages youth on global challenges and sustainable development. The event was part of a celebration of the UNESCO-declared “Year of Kosciuszko,” which recognizes the 200-year legacy of General Kościuszko since his death in 1817.
During the event, Colonel Wojcik emphasized Kościuszko’s background as a global citizen and his commitment to upholding the rights of disenfranchised social groups. Colonel Wojcik and Mr. Koniuszewski showcased Kościuszko’s abilities as a thinker, military strategist, and instructor, in order to show the relevance of his legacy in the 21st century. Afterwards, students and guests had the opportunity to meet with Colonel Wojcik and talk to him about the United States.
The event was made possible through U.S. Embassy Warsaw’s Meet America program, which brings featured speakers from the U.S. Embassy in Warsaw to local events. Our featured speakers are American diplomats that can address a wide array of topics. For more information on how to request an Embassy speaker at your event, please click here.