HOLYOKE, Mass. (WWLP) – Mayor Joshua Garcia and members of the Polish American community raised the Polish flag Monday in celebration of Polish American Heritage Month.

This year marks the 1,056th anniversary of Christianity in Poland, as well as the 104th year of Poland’s restoration to the map of Europe, which regained its independence after 123 years of political partitions.

Joseph Kos, the 79-year-old President of the Polish American Congress of Western Massachusetts told 22News of the extreme pride he experienced helping raise the Polish flag in his hometown, “I’m very proud of my Polish Heritage.”