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XX Pilgrimage of Repressed Soldiers - Miners to the Sanctuary in Licheń

Members of the Union of Repressed Soldiers of Miners thanked God at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Licheń for 30 years of existence and revealing the truth about the communist persecution.

The Pilgrimage of the Union of Politically Repressed Soldiers-Miners came to the Licheń Shrine. Lichen Stary, July 13, 2021.

For the 20th time, soldiers miners made pilgrimages to the Licheń sanctuary, forced to work in quarries, uranium and coal mines in the years 1949-1959.

„W 1991 r. pozwolono nam wreszcie po dziesięcioleciach zniewolenia komunistycznego pokazać prawdę o wojskowych batalionach górniczych” – mówił Bolesław Karandyszowski, prezes Okręgowego Zarządu Związku Represjonowanych Żołnierzy Górników w Bydgoszczy

Soldiers with their families, Maciej Bogdanowicz, Governor of the Kuyavian-Pomeranian Voivodeship, Bolesław Karandyszowski, president of the District Board of the Union of Repressed Miners' Soldiers in Bydgoszcz, Lt. Maciej Sandomierz from the Provincial Military Staff in Bydgoszcz, Fr. major Tomasz Krawczyk, Fr. Adam Stankiewicz, MIC, the deputy custodian of the Lichen sanctuary, and the Polish Army gathered at the monument in the sanctuary, which was erected as a votive offering for the miners' soldiers for their lives.
The participants took part in the memorial and laid flowers at the monument. There was also a salvo of honor.

Voivode Maciej Bogdanowicz emphasized that the so-called enemies of the people, all whom the communist authorities considered as a potential threat to their existence. - Backbreaking work, which the soldiers, miners and builders were forced to do, was supposed to break the spirit of the young generation, who lived their childhood during the war - stated the voivode.
At noon, the miners and their relatives participated in the solemn thanksgiving Eucharist presided over by Fr. major Tomasz Krawczyk. The gathered people were greeted by Fr. Bogusław Binda, MIC, superior of the Licheń religious house.
- The soldiers worked 16 or even 20 hours a day. I want to thank you for not extinguishing the spirit of faith and patriotism. Yes, you were ordered to be silent. The lie has been stronger for years than the truth about you, but the truth cannot be silenced! - said Fr. major Tomasz Krawczyk.

„Jak ciężko było nam żyć od momentu zakończenia służby aż do 1991 r. świadczą nasze wspomnienia opisane w publikacjach książkowych czy artykułach prasowych. Niech nasze górnicze zawołanie  – Szczęść Boże – trwa przez kolejne lata naszej działalności” – mówił prezes Bolesław Karandyszowski

Text and photos: Sanctuary Press Office

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