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Wspomnienia po Walter Gretzky, CM, OOnt (October 8, 1938 – March 4, 2021)

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Walter Gretzky Honoured with the Gold Polish Combatants’ Cross

The WWII Polish Combatants’ Association’s national conference was hosted by the local Combatant’s Br#4 at the Polish Hall on Pearl St. over the August 2nd weekend. This three-day conference drew people from across Canada, Poland, United States and England.

The PCA was conceived in 1946 and it’s the first time in 73 years that Brantford has been chosen to host it. We were also honoured to have WWII veterans and survivors present at the conference, including many VIP’s.

Last year the Polish community celebrated the 100th anniversary of Polish freedom in 1918, post WWI. This year on September 1st, will mark 80 years since Nazi Germany attacked Poland, followed two weeks later by Communist Russia.

Canada, at the outbreak of WWI, came to Poland’s defense immediately. Due to this and many other reasons, both Canada and Poland have shared a unique and connected relationship for many years.

We felt that this conference was an appropriate time to acknowledge Walter Gretzky’s Polish lineage and his ongoing support and contribution to veterans of all nations.

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