Wreaths laid at the graves of those who died tragically in war

Polish students make a pilgrimage to Milltown

By Gráinne Brinkley

THREE students from Poland studying in West Belfast as part of a student exchange programme have paid a visit to the Polish Air Force graves in Milltown Cemetery.

Beata Kasprzyk, Jonna Kieltyka and Agata Wojcik from Krosno State College in Poland recently returned home to their native country after participating in the Erasmus exchange programme with St Mary’s University College on the Falls Road.  But before they bade West Belfast goodbye the students laid a wreath at the Milltown graves of the Polish Air Force soldiers who were killed during the Second World War whilst preparing for the liberation of Europe between 1940 and 1944.

Dr Gerard McCann, a tutor at St Mary’s University College who taught the exchange students during their stay, said: “This is a very touching gesture by these young women on behalf of the students from Kracow, Warsaw and Krosno who study currently at our college. These men, most of whom were in their early twenties themselves, died for the liberty that Poland now has, and it is very fitting that two generations on their memory is still with us.”

 

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