Coastal access reclamation centenary starts in northern Poland

President Andrzej Duda unveiled a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of Poland's 'Wedding to the Sea.' Adam Warżawa/PAP

On Monday in the coastal town of Puck, President Andrzej Duda unveiled a plaque commemorating the 100th anniversary of Poland's 'Wedding to the Sea,' the country's regaining under the Versailles Treaty of access to the Baltic Sea, which it had lost in 1793.

After the main observances, Duda will lay flowers under a memorial to Puck inhabitants killed by the Nazis in 1939, and will unveil a plaque commemorating the 1920 ceremony's organiser, Antoni Miotk.

At 11:00 am Gdansk Metropolitan Bishop Sławoj Leszek Głódź will celebrate a mass commemorating Poland's "marriage" to its seacoast. After the mass, the 1920 ceremony will be symbolically repeated in Puck's fishing harbour, where Duda will deliver an address.

On February 10, 1920, General Józef Haller, the commander of the Pomeranian Front of the Polish Army, threw a platinum ring into the sea - a symbol of Poland's restored access to the Baltic, which it had lost to Prussia as a result of the 2nd Partition of Poland in 1793.