Military parade on August 15 cancelled

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A military parade on August 15, the Polish Army Day, which this year coincides with the centenary of the 1920 Battle of Warsaw, in which Poland halted a Europe-advancing Red Army, has been cancelled for epidemic safety reasons, the Defence Ministry announced on Tuesday evening.

The ministry said other events planned in connection with the Battle of Warsaw centenary will take place as scheduled. It added that the parade will take place at a later date, when safety levels are higher.

The ministry informed that the decision to call off the parade was made at a meeting between the defence minister, the president and sanitary authorities, which recommended the move owing to high coronavirus infection risks. The annual Polish Army Day parades usually draw around 200,000 spectators.

In August 1920 Poland won an unexpected but important victory over the Red Army in the Battle of Warsaw. In the wake of the following Polish advance eastward, the Soviets sued for peace and a ceasefire was sealed in October 1920. The Battle of Warsaw helped defend Poland's newly regained independence. The battle, headed by Marshal Jozef Pilsudski, defended the democratic order of the whole of Europe.