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Monday, 11 November 2013

President appeals for tribute to independence fighters

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Tribute should be given to all who fought for the rebirth of independent Poland, President Bronislaw Komorowski said on Monday in his Independence Day address.

 

The official 95th Independence Day anniversary ceremony began Monday morning in Warsaw's Pilsudski Square with a 21-shot cannon salute. Attending were the speakers of the lower (Sejm) and higher (Senate) parliamentary houses, Ewa Kopacz and Bogdan Borusewicz, PM Donald Tusk, government officials, veterans and diplomats.

 

Delegates also laid flowers at the nearby Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

 

In his speech Bronislaw Komorowski paid honours to the founders of the pre-WW2 Second Polish Republic and encouraged participation in today's "Together for Independent Poland" march under his patronage.

 

"Let us march happily together, let us show our joy and gratitude in our own name and on behalf of those who don't yet know how to exploit their freedom. Those, who haven't yet noticed that they've been living in an independent Poland for the past two decades. Those, who still believe that the goal is winning, and not making good use of, independence", the president said.

 

Bronislaw Komorowski reminded that the "Together for Independent Poland" march route led through sites connected with pre-WW2 Polish founding fathers Marshal Jozef Pilsudski, Poland's President Ignacy Jan Paderewski, nationalist leader Roman Dmowski, people's movement leader and Poland's PM Wincenty Witos, Sejm Speaker Ignacy Daszynski and Poland's national leader in Lower Silesia Wojciech Korfanty.

 

"They all sought a common road, they all knew how to compromise, how to pool their values and beliefs around the common welfare of all Poles. They created an area of reconcilement which at the time allowed them to build a state", he declared.

 

Reminding that just as 1918 returned Poland to the European map, the 1989 fall of the communist regime returned it to the democratic community. He added that in both cases the country had to rebuild itself from ruins.

 

"Both in 1918 and 1989 Poland had to build its economy up from ruin. And Poland built fast in the knowledge that reforms were necessary and in awareness of their political consequences", the president said.

 

After the ceremony B. Komorowski led the "Together for Independent Poland" March through downtown Warsaw. Marching with Komorowski were parliament’s houses speakers, PM Donald Tusk, Economy Minister and junior ruling coalition leader Janusz Piechocinski, and Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.

 

Before the ceremony in Pilsudski Square president Komorowski and his wife attended a special service in the St. John the Baptist Cathedral celebrated by the Polish Army's field Bishop Jozef Guzdek.

 

Reminding that this year's Independence Day marked the 95th anniversary of regaining independence by Poland, Guzdek thanked all Polish soldiers who shed their blood in the country's freedom struggles.

 

"It is to them that we owe Poland's resurrection after years of enslavement, and that it is still alive today. Let these celebrations also be a toke of gratitude to those who today risk their health and lives to secure our country's external and internal safety - soldiers, policemen, border guards, firemen, and other uniformed services", the bishop appealed. (PAP)

 

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