NEW BRITAIN – An online link to register to attend the meet-and-greet for the president of Poland’s Sept. 22 visit to the city is now live. Mayor Erin Stewart’s office released the link and new information about the much-anticipated visit of President Andrzej Duda, his wife and other Polish dignitaries on Friday morning.
According to Connecticut’s Honorary Consul of Poland Darek Barcikowski, thousands of people have already registered for the meet-and-greet.
“The level of enthusiasm has been tremendous,” Barcikowski said.
The press release from the mayor’s office states: “The Consul General of the Republic of Poland in New York Mr. Maciej Golubiewski, the Honorary Consul of Poland in Connecticut Darek Barcikowski, and Mayor Erin Stewart invite the public to attend a historic visit to New Britain by Polish President Andrzej Duda and his spouse.”
The event is open to the public will take place at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 22, in Walnut Hill Park.
“As a city with a connection to Poland dating back more than 150 years, we are honored to welcome President Andrzej Duda,” Stewart said. “This historic visit will be an opportunity to showcase the amazing Polish community we have right here in our City, as well as a time to rally around building strong relations between the United States and Poland.”
Duda and his wife will attend a 1 p.m. Mass at Holy Cross Church on Biruta Street. They will then travel to Walnut Hill Park for the meet-and-greet.
The president is coming to the country for the 74th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York. The president usually visits some Polish communities, but these visits are almost always limited to New York.
This will be Duda’s first visit to New Britain, home to Little Poland and the thousands of Polish-Americans who live and work in the city.
“This will be a tremendous event for Polish-Americans in Connecticut, which make up nearly 10 percent of the state’s entire population. Polish culture, heritage and history are deeply rooted in our state,” said Barcikowski.
According to the release, the public will be required to pre-register for the event at Walnut Hill Park by visiting www.presidentDudaCT.com . Due to security measures, visitors are being asked to arrive at least 30 minutes before the event begins.
More details on the visit will be released as they become available. Check back for updates throughout the week leading up to the event at newbritainherald.com and in The Herald on newsstands.