2014 Marshal
Elżbieta Stojanowski

Message from the Marshal

I would like to thank the Pulaski Day Parade Committee of Staten Island for nominating me to be their 2014 Marshall.

Participation in the parade has always been for me a great event, and to be leading the parade as Marshall is an additional honor and award.

This year, the Pulaski Parade is unique in many ways.

One of them, the most important, is that this year our Pope John Paul II became canonized as a Saint.  There are also three very special anniversaries that are being celebrated:

– The  25th anniversary of free election and the fall of communism
– 15 years ago, Poland became a member of NATO
– As well as the 10th anniversary of Poland joining the European Union

I would like to convey special thanks to my Uncle Walter Stojanowski, a long time activist and co-organizer of this wonderful parade, who continuously kept me updated of the events and activities of the Pulaski Parade.  He has also provided me with the opportunities to take part in numerous meetings and to learn about the dedicated and involved advocates of the Pulaski Parade.

I am very proud of the fact that I have such an uncle who embraces the Polish traditions and cultures and I believe that no matter where we live, it is important that we remember the country from which we came from and our ancestors who made this day possible.

As for me, I come from the town Olesnica near Wroclaw, in Olesnica.  That is where I also met my husband Zdzislaw Stojanowski.

This year is also very special for me because 25 years ago, in 1989, we for left Germany, with our daughter Kasia, where two years later our younger daughter Nicole was born. In 2013, I became the proud grandmother of magnificent grandson named Leon.

I also wish to convey a big thank you to my entire family that supports me in all my endeavors. I love you!!!