SENSE OF THE BOARD RESOLUTION CONGRATULATING

POLISH PEOPLE AS THEY COMMEMORATE THE 217th ANNIVERSARY

OF THE ADOPTION OF POLAND'S FIRST CONSTITUTION

 

WHEREAS, on May 3, 2008 Polish people in Stamford will celebrate the 217th 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 27th Board of Representatives goes on official record congratulating Polish people in Stamford including Americans of Polish descent, as on May 3, 2008 they commemorate the 217th 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 by:  Representative John R. Zelinsky, Jr., 11th District

 

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David R. Martin, President                                    Annie M. Summerville, Clerk

27th Board of Representatives                            27th Board of Representatives