Place for all under white and red flag

Held under the motto 'For You Poland,' the march was organised by state authorities under the president's auspices. Tomasz Gzell/PAP

There is a place for everyone under the white and red colours; it is our flag, never white and never again red, Polish President Andrzej Duda said in his address at the start of Warsaw's White and Red March marking the 100th independence anniversary.

Held under the motto 'For You Poland,' the march was organised by state authorities under the president's auspices. Nationalist groups organised a separate march under the slogan 'God, Honour, Fatherland,' which trailed the official one.

President Duda thanked everyone who came to the event "from every corner of Poland."

"I want us to march under our white and red flags together in an atmosphere of joy, in an atmosphere of tribute to our heroes and our country. To honour those who fought for Poland, who regained it for us, and to rejoice because we have it free, sovereign and independent," Andrzej Duda said.

Representatives of the Polish Armed Forces led the White and Red March, with soldiers representing all formations carrying a symbolic 100 Polish national flags.

Apart from President Duda, the march was attended by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, leader of the ruling Law and Justice party Jarosław Kaczyński, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, Interior Minister Joachim Brudziński and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński.