National Independence Day

Independence is not given to Poles once and for all", said Jozef Pilsudski on November 11, 1918. Unfortunately, the Polish nation did not have to wait long to find out how true those words were. Successive yokes were imposed on Poland by Germans, Russians and finally by Poles controlled by them. The last hundred years have been a constant lack of freedom. That is why we value it so much today and that is why, while paying homage to the "fathers of independence", we must remember those who fought for it during World War II and communism.

On Independence Day, November 11, the Speaker of the 8th Sejm Marek Kuchciński together with the deputy marshal Ryszard Terlecki and Deputy Prime Minister Jaroslaw Kaczynski laid flowers at the monument to Joseph Piłsudski, Roman Dmowski, Ignacy Paderewski, Ignacy Daszyński, Wincenty Witos, Wojciech Korfanty, Stefan Rowecki "Grot", Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski, Lech Kaczynski and Ronald Reagan.

There is no just Europe without an independent Poland on its map. Poland is constantly accused in other countries. In this there is a clear and unambiguous desire to have a state in the middle of Europe, at whose expense all European scores could be settled. It is an admirable phenomenon that these international projects find such an eager ear, and languages, not elsewhere than in Poland.
Józef Piłsudski - Born on 5th December 1867 in Zułów, died on 12th May 1935 in Warsaw. Chief of State, Marshal of Poland, one of the leaders of Polish Socialist Party (PPS), commander of the First Brigade of Legions, prime minister and minister of military affairs. Co-creator of the restoration of independence.
Roman Dmowski - Born on 9 August 1864 in Kamionek (now within the Warsaw borders), died on 2 January 1939 in Drozdowo. A leader of the National Movement, he signed the Treaty of Versailles on behalf of Poland.
Ignacy Paderewski - Born on November 18, 1860 in Kurylowka, died in 1941 in New York. Pianist, composer, social and political activist, as prime minister and foreign minister he signed the Treaty of Versailles on behalf of Poland.
Ignacy Daszyński - Born on 26 October 1866 in Zbarazh, died on 31 October 1936 in Bystra Śląska near Bielsko. A socialist activist, Prime Minister of the Provisional Government established in Lublin in November 1918. Deputy Speaker and Speaker of the Sejm during the Second Republic of Poland.
Wincenty Witos - Born on 21 January 1874 in Wierzchołowice near Tarnów, died on 31 October 1945. Leader of the peasants' movement, three times Prime Minister of the Second Republic of Poland, one of the leaders of the centripetal movement.
Wojciech Korfanty - Born on 20 April 1873 in Sadzawka settlement (today Siemianowice Slaskie), died on 17 August 1939 in Warsaw. Politician, leader of the Christian-Democratic movement, Plebiscite Commissioner in Upper Silesia, dictator of the Third Silesian Uprising. Member of the Legislative Sejm and Deputy Prime Minister in Wincenty Witos's government.
Stefan Rowecki "Grot" - Born on 25 December 1895 in Piotrkow Trybunalski, died between 2 and 7 August 1944 in Sachsenhausen. Military man, Major General of the Polish Army, Commander in Chief of the Union for Armed Struggle from June 1940 to February 1942, Commander of the Home Army (Commander of the Armed Forces in Poland) from 14 February 1942 to 30 June 1943.
Cardinal Stefan Wyszynski - Born on 3 August 1901 in Zuzela, died on 28 May 1981 in Warsaw. Roman Catholic clergyman, known as the Primate of the Millennium, defender of human, national and Church rights. He was under surveillance by the Security Office and SB and interned by the communist authorities of the Polish People's Republic.
Lech Kaczynski - Born on 18 June 1949 in Warsaw, died on 10 April 2010 in Smolensk. President of Poland, President of Warsaw, Chairman of NIK, Minister of Justice, advisor of Lech Walesa, founder of Law and Justice.
Ronald Wilson Reagan - Born February 6, 1911 in Tampico, died June 5, 2004 in Los Angeles. President of the United States and 33rd governor of California. As a US leader, he supported the anti-communist movement, including the Polish Solidarity movement.



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