President honours six Fathers of Polish Independence

President honours six Fathers of Polish Independence Wojciech Olkuśnik/PAP

On Poland's Independence Day, Monday, President Andrzej Duda laid flowers at monuments of the six Fathers of Polish Independence and attended, together with his wife, a mass for the homeland, celebrated at the Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw.

Later on Monday, the president awarded the Order of the White Eagle, Poland's highest distinction, to Professor Andrzej Nowak, a historian, and Professor Grazyna Swiatecka, a cardiologist.

At noon, on Pilsudskiego Square, the president will take part in the singing of the national hymn. The hymn will be sung simultaneously in several hundred locations throughout Poland and abroad. Duda will also participate in the changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

In addition, the president will take part in a concert, part of the Independence Festival, which will be held from 2:00 pm until 9:00 pm.

He will conclude the celebrations together with the residents of Rypin, in the Kujawsko-Pomorskie province, where concerts and festivities on the occasion of Independence Day will be held throughout the day.

Poland regained independence on November 11, 1918, after 123 years of partitions.