Nov, 11 marks Poland’s celebrations of its freedom from imperial rule in 1918. After 123 years of occupation by Russia, Prussia and Austria-Hungary, on November 11th 1918, Poland regained its independence and the streets of Polish cities were swept by a euphoric mood. The same day, Germany signed a ceasefire ending the First World War, and the Regency Council bestowed Józef Piłsudski with full civil and military power.
Regaining independence in 1918 was made possible due to the persistence and sacrifice of the active part of Polish society, which during the period of occupation passed down to the next generations of young Poles a sense of attachment to the language and culture of the nation.
On eve of 99th independence celebrations, major events were held in the country’s capital city of Warsaw, including commemorative events with the presence of the country’s president and prime minister as well as representatives of the European Union and the foreign diplomats.
“Long live free, independent, sovereign Poland, on the threshold of its independence centenary. Hail and glory to the heroes of our free and independent motherland”, Polish President Andrzej Duda said in a speech on Warsaw’s Pilsudski Square.
President Duda also presented wreaths to the Tomb of Unknown Soldiers during the Independence Day celebrations at the square, and on behalf of their respective European Union institutions, wreaths were laid by President of the Council of the EU, former Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk and Vice-President of the European Parliament, Ryszard Czarnecki.
The major celebrations were followed by large-scale marches through the city of Warsaw.
Correspondent ‘Overseas Tribune’