Gala changing of the guard at Tomb of Unknown Soldier

President Andrzej Duda during gala changing of the guard at Tomb of Unknown Soldier. Paweł Supernak/PAP

A gala changing of the guard took place at noon in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Piłsudskiego Square in Warsaw. The gathering will be addressed by President Andrzej Duda.

Present at the observance are President Duda and his wife Agata Kornhauser-Duda, as well as PM Mateusz Morawiecki, Sejm (lower house) Speaker Marek Kuchciński, Senate (upper house) Speaker Stanisław Karczewski, deputy PMs Beata Szydło and Piotr Gliński, Minister of Defence Mariusz Błaszczak, Minister of Internal Affairs Joachim Brudziński, National Security Bureau (BBN) head Paweł Soloch, Constitutional Tribunal President Julia Przyłębska, ruling Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński, Solidarity union leader Piotr Duda, as well as representatives of military and church authorities.

The Poles gathered in the Piłsudskiego Square honoured Poland's independence centenary by singing the Polish national anthem.

Addressing the gathering at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in the Piłsudskiego Square in Warsaw on Poland's Independence Day, President Andrzej Duda stressed that it is a true joy that 100 years ago there were people who could be united despite differences of opinion.

"It is a great joy that 100 years ago there were such people, such soldiers and such leaders, the Independence Fathers, who could be united in order to regain Poland as, despite differences of opinion, they had only this one idea in mind," President Duda said.

"God was protecting us and we were also fortunate (...) to have such soldiers, such people and such leaders - who were not only extremely brave, intelligent, skillful, like the Independence Fathers: Marshal Józef Piłsudski, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, Roman Dmowski, Wincenty Witos and others - but who could be together, who could be united to reach this most important goal, namely, to regain Poland, so that it simply could exist, despite the differences of views and despite the difference of ideas they were serving," the president stressed.

"A free, independent and sovereign Poland was the single idea uniting them," accented President Duda.