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2nd Generationers to Gather on All Souls Day

Families of Poles who came to Buffalo as a result of WWII will gather at St. Stanislaus B. & M. Cemetery on Sunday, November 2 at 2pm to commemorate their dearly departed.

All Saints and All Souls days are when Poles travel to their ancestors' graves to pray for their souls. Candles and flowers (mums, asters, fall flowers) are left at the graves. Candles are so numerous that one can see cemeteries glowing from afar at dusk.

In the Buffalo area, all children, grandchildren and spouses of deceased post-WWII immigrants are invited to gather at the Polish Veterans Plot at St. Stan's cemetery on Pine Ridge Rd. in Cheektowaga. Those who do not have relatives buried at the plot are also encouraged to stop by on their way to or from their own parents' or grandparents' graves.

The veterans plot is small lesson in Polish history, as the crosses on the graves contain the names of those who contributed to the Polish cause during WWII and the places where they participated in the war effort. The plot is anchored by a memorial cross designed by the late Polish artist Jozef Slawinski who is also buried at the site. There is also a monument that describes how those who are buried there arrived in Buffalo.

An informal group of around 30 so-called "2nd generationers" first gathered last Christmas season to share Oplatek and stories of their parents and grandparents. They decided to meet from time to time throughout the year and to document their ancestors' stories. Plans are now underway for the construction of a website about the post-WWII immigrants to Buffalo.

For more information about the group, please contact Andy Golebiowski at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 716-510-7562.

St. Stanislaus B. & M. Cemetery is located at 700 Pine Ridge Rd. in Cheektowaga. The cemetery closes at dusk.