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Andrzejewo commune (Poland)

Ostrów Mazowiecka county, Mazowieckie vojvodship

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[Andrzejewo commune flag] image by Jens Pattke, 12 Nov 2009
adopted 14 Aug 2009

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Andrzejewo commune flag

Andrzejewo - rural commune, Ostrów Mazowiecka County, Mazowieckie Voivodship - former name: gmina Warchoły
Gmina Andrzejewo is a rural commune in Ostrów Mazowiecka County, Masovian Voivodeship, in east-central Poland. Its seat is the village of Andrzejewo, which lies approximately 21 kilometres (13 mi) east of Ostrów Mazowiecka and 107 km (66 mi) north-east of Warsaw.
Area: 118.64 sq.km (45.8 sq.mi); Population: 4,467 (2006).
Land under cultivation: 92%; Forests: 3%

Settled in XI century, became a town in 1527 (founded by the bishop of Płock, Andrzej Krzyski). Russians took away the city rights in 1869 and the place was in steady decline. In 1905, more than 34% of the population was Jewish. In 1915, the Russian troops, withdrawing in the face of the German offensive, burned the village to the ground. Reconstructed in the independent Poland, the village was the site of heavy fighting in 1939 and after that was occupied by the Soviets, who attacked by the Germans in 1941, once again burned it to the ground.
In 1998 the local self-government was restored and Andrzejewo became the seat of the commune.
In 1999 the first high school was opened in the village.
Stefan Cardinal Wyszyński, the great Primate of Polish Millenium, grew up in Andrzejewo.

Arms and flag adopted on August 14, 2009 (resolution # XXVI/88/09)
Arms: On a red shield there are two silver elements which correspond with the history of the village and the commune.
First is a triple-armed cross of the papal legate to commemorate a great native son - Stefan Cardinal Wyszynski.
Second are the interwoven initials AC symbolizing the founder, Bishop Andrzej Krzycki (Andreas Circius, in Latin)

The funny part of it is that the same initials stand for the current leader (wójt) of the commune, Antoni Cymbalak, and everybody is asking what he has done lately to
deserve such an honor? He claims he didn't have anything to do with it, simply, the initials did appear on the ancient seal of Andrzejewo.
The flag is not described. The BIP page of the commune, with the resolution of the adoption, doesn't work right now (404 error).
Source: this webpage.
Chrystian Kretowicz, 8 Nov 2009


Andrzejewo commune CoA

[Andrzejewo coat of arms]] image by Chrystian Kretowicz, 8 Nov 2009
adopted 14 Aug 2009