Soldier’s Day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa

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Once again, the Polish Falcons of America has been invited to participate in the annual Soldier’s Day at the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Doylestown, Pa. This solemn celebration will be held on Sunday, August 18. It is organized by the community of former Polish soldiers living in the United States and Canada.

This year, the celebration will focus on the 100th Anniversary of the return of the Blue Army from France to Poland. Over 20,000 volunteers from America, mostly Members of the Polish Falcons of America, served in this Army.

The program for the day is as follows:

  • 10 a.m. — Breakfast at the Pilgrims’ Center cafeteria
  • 11 a.m. — Laying of wreaths on the grave of past Polish Falcons National President, Dr. Teofil Starzynski, and by the monument “The Avenger” at the Veterans Cemetery
  • 11:30 a.m. — Celebration before the Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa (National Anthems, Taps Bugle Call, Rifle Salute, Review of Troops and Parade.)
  • 12:30 p.m. — Holy Mass
  • 1:30 p.m. – 2 p.m. — Presentations by distinguished guests
  • 2 p.m. — Lunch in cafeteria

I am asking for as many Falcon Members to attend as possible. If you plan to attend please let me know as soon as possible so we can let the organizers know what to expect. Please contact me if you have any questions or need additional information.


Timothy L. Kuzma
President & CEO
Polish Falcons of America

2019 Polish Falcons Trip to Poland

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September 30 – October 11, 2019

Early Bird Discount: Only $2950 if registered before March 31!

Direct flight to Warsaw from your choice of:

  • New York – JFK International Airport
  • Chicago – O’Hare International Airport

We will visit:

Warszawa, Toruń, Łódź, Wrocław, Zakopane, Kraków, Wieliczka, Oświęcim

Price: $3,100 Single Supplement: $799

Registration will open on March 4, 2019.

Contact us at 800-535-2071 or

Learn more at

Explorers’ Summer: Polish Language & Culture Camp

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The Polish American Congress Charitable Foundation is again sponsoring a cultural program for American teenagers of Polish descent.

This year’s program is a 2-week trip to Poland with activities run through the Jagiellonian University in Krakow.

The PACCF will be sending 25 participants, ages 13 – 15. Members of the Polish Falcons are invited to participate. In order to allow as many students as possible to attend, previous participants will not be eligible.

The group will depart from Chicago on July 6, 2019 (Saturday) and will return on July 20, 2019 (Saturday).

All participants must get to and from the Chicago airport on their own for travel to Poland. Participants will be chaperoned during their flights to and from Poland. There will be 24-hour supervision by qualified education professionals for the duration of their stay in Poland.

The program will include 45 hours of language instruction provided by teachers trained to work with young people. Sightseeing tours of Krakow, Zakopane, Bochnia Salt Mine, and Ogrodzieniec Castle are planned. Other activities in the program include sports, dance workshops, and film showings. A language course diploma will be given to each student by the University.

The cost for the trip is $3050. This includes round-trip airfare from Chicago, hotels, meals, transport, and entry fees to venues. The PACCF will pay $2150 while the participants will pay the remaining $900.

PFA Members who would like to take this trip are required to pay $450, while PFA will subsidize the other $450 for up to five Members to cover their participant portion of the total cost.

If there are more than five PFA Youth Members who send in their registrations, a drawing will be held at National Headquarters to choose our five participants.  

Interested families are asked to complete and send their application (click to download) with a deposit check of $450 (non-refundable) to: Polish Falcons of America, PACCF Poland Trip, 381 Mansfield Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15220.

Applications must be postmarked no later than March 15.

If after PFA’s five participants are chosen there is still room available through the PACCF, those youth can still participate but without the subsidy from PFA.

Questions may be directed to Druhna Christine Puskar at 800-535-2071 or by email to

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Pittsburgh Screening of The Gorals

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From the dawn of history, on the highest peaks of the Carpathian mountains, set against the elements, there lives a forgotten people — The Gorals. Possessing a love of freedom, a connection with nature, and kept ancient traditions, they are one of the most unique ethnic groups in all of Europe. Experience the passion and craftsmanship of the shepherd, lumberjack, bagpipe master, and wheelwright as they practice their occupations, not just for the survival of their families, but also for the love of these arts that weave together the fabric of their remote communities. When confronted with harsh storms, wild animals and difficult terrain in the most inaccessible Carpathian mountain range, along with long days of hard, sometimes dangerous work, the spirit and character of the Gorals stands unshaken.

But, another threat looms even more ominously….

Outside of the mountains everything in the modern world is changing rapidly. Is the culture of the Carpathian highlanders sustainable, or could these be the final times for these people and their lifestyle?

View the film, The Gorals, on Sunday, January 27, at 2 p.m. at Frick Fine Arts Auditorium in Pittsburgh, Pa. For tickets, visit

A portion of the proceeds from ticket sales benefit The University of Pittsburgh Endowed Fund for Polish Studies.

Polish Falcons of America is pleased to sponsor this film screening.

Christmas Gift Tags

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Christmas is almost here! Have you started wrapping? In need of gift tags? We have you covered. Click here to download two pages of tags (16 different designs) for free! Print the pages (preferably on cardstock), cut out the tags of your choice, punch holes, and attach to your gifts with tape, ribbon or twine.

#GivingTuesday 2018

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Preserve Our Polish Heritage!

This #GivingTuesday, November 27, support the Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation.

#GivingTuesday is a global giving movement that has been built by individuals, families, organizations, businesses and communities in all 50 states and in countries around the world. Millions of people have come together to support and champion the causes they believe in.

We have two days for getting deals – Black Friday and Cyber Monday. On #GivingTuesday, we have a day for giving back.

Together, people are creating a new ritual for our annual calendar.

Every act of generosity counts, and each means even more when we give together. #GivingTuesday includes people of all ethnicities, religions and backgrounds. Together, millions of people demonstrate our common capacity to give.

Click here to donate to the Polish Falcons Heritage Foundation.

Your support is greatly appreciated and provides the means necessary for us to continue hosting workshops, sponsoring programs and organizing events that preserve our Polish heritage, and help those of Polish descent discover, explore and understand their heritage.

What Makes You Polish-American?

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October is Polish-American Heritage Month, and we are asking our Members, “What makes you Polish-American?” Do you sing Sto Lat at birthdays, weddings and special occasions? Etch designs on your colored Easter eggs? Pinch pierogi? Do you share “Opłatek” with family members on Christmas Eve? Celebrate Dyngus Day? Share with us the ways you celebrate your heritage!

Click here to submit your response. Your response could be shared in the December issue of the Sokol Polski or on our Facebook page!

WWI Centennial Website

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The Polish American Congress has obtained official inclusion in the U.S. federal government’s WWI Centennial Commission as a “Commemorative Partner” to “co-ordinate, encourage and promote the participation of all Americans of Polish descent from across our great nation, to recognize and honor the great contribution of our Polish American forefathers during the Great War.”

On May 4, the U.S. WWI Centennial Commission officially launched the Polish American Congress site as part of its national U.S. WWI website. The abbreviated short URL for the site is:

All Polish American organizations, Nests, posts, lodges, parishes, schools, museums and individuals are invited to participate and utilize this site.

For more information, contact Steve Flor, PAC National Director, at