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The Polish Connection

Polish Scouts who laid the wreath on behalf of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron at the Commonwealth Garrison Cemetery in PoznanPolish Scouts have laid a wreath on behalf of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron at the Commonwealth Garrison Cemetery in Poznan.

For many years Nuneaton based Air Cadets have joined their local Polish community to remember the Warwickshire based Polish airmen who lost their lives while serving with the RAF during the Second World War. But this year, the Squadron's Polish connection grew even stronger when they teamed up with the ‘Rwetes' Scout Group from ZHP Puszczykowo near Poznan in Poland who laid a wreath on behalf of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron at the Commonwealth Garrison Cemetery in Poznan.

Every year the 11th November, is celebrated in Poland as Independence Day and in Britain as Remembrance Day. For both Nations it's a time to remember the fallen soldiers who made our freedom and peace possible.

Such is the growing connection between the young people of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron and the ‘Rwetes' Scout Group in Poland, a wreath bearing the name of both youth groups was laid at the Polish war graves during this years service at Baginton. The ‘Rwetes' Scout Group returned the honor by laying a poppy wreath on behalf of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron at the Commonwealth Garrison Cemetery in Poznan . This cemetery holds the graves of British Prisoners of War, among others, those of the Great Escape.

Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks of 121 Squadron said,
“Laying poppy wreaths is not customary in Poland so the ‘Rwetes' Scout Group had to put in a tremendous amount of effort to make their own wreaths and I would like to thank them for showing so much respect for following the British tradition. We are delighted that young people here in the UK and in Poland are collaborating in support of what is now a truly international act of Remembrance and I look forward to making the laying of wreaths by both groups an annual event.”

Polish Scout lays the wreath on behalf of 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron at the Commonwealth Garrison Cemetery in Poznan Air Cadets, Cpl Justin Allan, Sgt Connor Little and Calum Cheshire, lay the 121 Squadron and Rwetes Scout Group wreath on the grave of Pilot Officer, Jerzy Wolski, who died, aged 23, as a result of an accident on a training flight at Kirby Corner near Baginton, 11th January, 1941.
The 121 Squadron and Rwetes Scout Group wreaths take pride of place during the official Polish Independence Day ceremony at the Commonwealth Garrison Cemetery in Poznan. The 121 Squadron and Rwetes Scout Group wreaths take pride of place during the official Polish Independence Day ceremony at the Commonwealth Garrison Cemetery in Poznan.

More Photographs

The Wreaths are Laid at theCommonwealth Section of the Garrison Cemetery Poznan

Polish Ex-Combatants Association Remembrance Service in the UK



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