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All Souls’ Day Ceremony, Newark

An annual All Souls’ Day Ceremony of Homage and Remembrance is held in the Polish Air Force Cemetery, in Newark, Nottinghamshire, on the last Sunday in October. In 2023 this was 29 October. Some 400 airmen are buried in the Cemetery, which also contained the bodies of three Polish presidents-in-exile.  These were repatriated in November 2022 and re-interred in Warsaw.

The commemoration begins with a procession of standards, after which there is a ceremony of homage, followed by speeches by the Mayor of Newark and the Consul General of the Republic of Poland.  Wreaths are then laid on the main Polish memorial, and on the now empty presidential graves.

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