Arboretum team receives top honour from Polish Defence Minister
Two senior members of staff and a volunteer from the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire have been honoured with Polish Bronze Medal Wojska Polskiego medals for their contribution towards ‘popularising the Polish Armed Forces abroad’.
Left: Charlie Baggot Jewitt, John Bryan and Paul Kennedy.
In recognition of their assistance in erecting the Polish Armed Forces Memorial, which is located at the Arboretum, Polish National Defence Minister - Boguslaw Klich - has presented medals to chief executive Charlie Bagot Jewitt, curator Paul Kennedy and volunteer John Bryan. The trio’s contribution included giving support and advice during the application process and helping to ensure that the Memorial’s construction and the dedication event went without a hitch.
Polish Army MedalPart of The Royal British Legion family of charities, the National Memorial Arboretum is Britain's year-round centre of Remembrance. It became home to the Polish Armed Forces Memorial in September 2009. The Memorial pays tribute to the Polish men, women and children who served and suffered during the Second World War.
Polish Forces served with the Allies throughout the war, fielding the fourth largest Allied army in Europe. Poles gave their lives on all fronts - on land, at sea and in the air - where they showed great courage and self-sacrifice. The Memorial comprises four sculptures representing the different branches of the Polish Armed Forces and also incorporates the symbol of the Polish Eagle, which is the State emblem.
Arboretum Curator, Paul Kennedy, said: “The Polish Armed Forces Memorial is both a focus for Remembrance and an important educational aid for those visitors to the Arboretum who are not familiar with the significant contribution of the allied Polish forces. Charlie, John and I are very proud to have been singled out for praise, but we collected the medals on behalf of all of the staff and volunteers who contributed towards this successful installation.”
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