Today is the 94th anniversary of the establishing of Warsaw’s Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. The traditional ceremony to commemorate the establishment of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is to lay flowers at the memorial plaque dedicated to Jadwiga Zarugiewicz – the symbolic mother of the unknown soldier and defender of Lvov who died 101 years ago and is buried in this place.
Jan Józef Kasprzyk, head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression said: “Today we are united by historic memory and indebtedness to the dozens of generations of Polish soldiers and knights. They were always ready to face the enemy and fight for the motherland. We bow our heads low as a gesture of homage to those who had always the courage to defend Poland. We bow our heads low to the unknown soldier, buried here 101 years ago, a defender of Lvov in the year 1918. His grave, used as a symbol for all unknown soldiers killed in action while defending the honour and independence of our Republic of Poland. We remember today those soldiers from Cedynia, knights from Płowce, Grunwald, from Kircholm, Kłuszyn and Olsza, and those who throughout almost one and a half centuries were fighting for Poland to return to independent statehood, to be back on the map. Starting from the Barska Confederation, soldiers of general Tadeusz Kościuszko, fighters in the November and January Uprisings of 1830 and 1864, Piłsudski’s legions, soldiers of the Polish Fighters Organisation, and those who defended Poland in 1920. We remember all those soldiers of the WW II, September 1939 campaign, the underground Home Army, and all those fighting on all fronts in 1945. They have been proving that there is no free Europe, no free world without a free Poland”.
Source: Poland Daily/NB
Picture: British Poles