SENSE OF THE BOARD RESOLUTION
CONGRATULATING POLISH PEOPLE IN STAMFORD AS ON MAY 3,2002, THEY COMMEMORATE THE 211th ANNIVERSARY OF THE ADOPTION OF POLAND'S FIRST CONSTITUTION.
WHEREAS, on May 3, 2002 Polish people in Stamford will celebrate the 211th anniversary of the adoption of the first Polish constitution; and
WHEREAS, American Revolutionary War hero Thaddeus Kosciuszko introduced the concept of constitutional democracy to his native country of Poland; and
WHEREAS, the Polish constitution of 1791 was the first liberal constitution in Europe
and was designed to protect Poland's sovereignty and national unity and to create a progressive constitutional monarchy; and
WHEREAS, this Polish constitution was the first constitution in Central Eastern Europe to secure individual and religious freedom for all persons in Poland; and
WHEREAS, this Polish constitution formed a government composed of distinct legislative, executive, and judicial powers; and
WHEREAS, this Polish constitution declared that all power in civil society should
be derived from the will of the people; and
WHEREAS, although this Polish constitution was in effect for less than 2 years, its
principles endured and it became the symbol around which a powerful new national consciousness was born, helping Poland to survive long periods of misfortune over the following 2 centuries.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the 26th Board of Representatives goes on official record congratulating Polish people in Stamford including Americans of Polish descent, as on May 3, 2002 they commemorate the 211th anniversary of the adoption of the first Polish constitution, and recognize Poland's rebirth as a free and independent nation in the spirit of the legacy of the Polish constitution of 1791.
Submitted and Approved by: John R. Zelinsky, 11th District Representative
David R. Martin, President Annie M. Summerville, Clerk
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