CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – There was plenty of Polish pride to go around at Chicopee City Hall Monday morning, as the flag of Poland was raised there.
Mayor Richard Kos, who is himself of Polish heritage, was joined by other city officials and students from the St. Stanislaus School for the flag raising ceremony. Kos told 22News that the Polish community in Chicopee has much to be proud of.
“Chicopee is always known for having a great Polish population. It’s been a very important part of the community, both in terms of our faith, as well as our business, our civic government. I think people just really appreciate their lineage, where they come from, and how they can continue to have these great memories going forward,” Kos said.
The flag raising was held in celebration of St. Joseph’s Day, which was observed on Sunday. While the feast day is celebrated throughout the world by the Catholic Church and some other Christian churches as well, the holiday is particularly important in Poland and Italy.
The color red is traditionally worn in observance of St. Joseph’s Day.