Town officials and residents joined members of the Chicago Polish community to commemorate Polish Constitution Day, a part of Cicero’s efforts to recognize and honor its many cultural backgrounds. The May 3 event focused on the many contributions Polish and Polish-Americans have made in Cicero and beyond.
Emceed by John C. Kociolko, the commemoration included remarks by Cicero students regarding the impact Polish residents have made in Illinois and America. Polish is the third most spoken language in Illinois homes, behind English and Spanish, respectively. Constitution Day is a major holiday in Poland, commemorating the May 3, 1791, constitution, thought to be the first such document ratified in Europe and just the second constitution delineating powers of government; the first being the U.S. Constitution ratified in 1788.
“It’s fitting to have Polish Constitution Day just before we start our Cinco de Mayo celebration,” Town President Larry Dominick said. “It shows just how diverse our community is, with residents hailing from Europe, Central and South America, Puerto Rico, and so many other locations. It’s hard not to be proud of the different heritages that make up Cicero.”