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Friday, 6 June 2014

President honours Polish soldiers killed in France

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President Bronislaw Komorowski on Friday laid a wreath together with French President Francois Hollande at the Polish Soldiers' Cemetery in Grainville-Langannerie, France.

"We are proud to have been able to contribute to France's liberation," President Komorowski said at the ceremony.

He pointed out that the Polish soldiers buried at the cemetery had marched halfway across Europe fighting in World War II and after many battles gave their lives in Normandy for France.

"Their example shows us that it is worth reacting promptly to any threats to freedom, threats to independence, because a delayed reaction always involves much, much higher costs," President Komorowski said.

"I want to express thanks for the sacrifice of the fallen (Polish soldiers)," French President Francois Hollande responded. "The brave Poles had a very important task in the Battle of Normandy," he added.

"We pay homage to the Poles who fought for our freedom," the French president continued. "Poland and France are united on the matter of defending peace and maintaining freedom," he emphasised.

Komorowski was in Normandy for the 70th anniversary of the June 6, 1944 Normandy landings which initiated the Western Allies' liberation of mainland Europe from Nazi occupation during World War II. (PAP)

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