President awards orders of merit to Uprising heroes

In connection with the 74th anniversary of the Warsaw Uprising, which falls on August 1, Polish President Andrzej Duda decorated 24 people, including participants in those historic events.

Orders of merit and state distinctions were awarded at a ceremony at the Warsaw Rising Museum in the Polish capital.

President Duda posthumously decorated poet Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński, a soldier of the Home Army with the pseudonym Krzyś, the Order of Polonia Restituta for his services to an independent Poland and for his achievements in the field of Polish culture.

For outstanding merit in striving for an independent Poland, the Order of Polonia Restituta was also awarded to four other people, while another received it for defending dignity, humanity and human rights and for her service as a nurse in saving the lives of those in need.

The Order of the Cross of Independence for outstanding merit achieved in the fight for a sovereign and independent Polish state was awarded to two others. One person was awarded the title of Officer of the Order of Polonia Restituta and the golden Cross of Merit was awarded to two people, one posthumously, for preserving the memory of Polish history. Silver crosses were awarded to two others and bronze to a further 11.