President, PM commemorate Leszno's restoration to Poland

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President Andrzej Duda in a letter on Friday commemorated the 100th anniversary of the restoration of the western-Polish city of Leszno to Poland.

"I wholeheartedly thank you for honouring the memory of your forebears, who, over 127 years under rule by Prussian invaders and despite efforts to Germanise them, remained faithful to their national heritage and identity. (...) In light of that generation's experiences (...) we can see to a fuller extent (...) the fundamental importance for a nation to possess its own, sovereign state," the president wrote to participants in an anniversary ceremony in Leszno.

Duda also said in his letter that the memory of Poland's independence struggle should serve the country's future.

Poland regained independence on November 11 1918, but Leszno was restored to the country on January 17 1920 on the strength of the Versailles Treaty.

In his letter on the occasion PM Mateusz Morawiecki wrote that Leszno would never have been restored to Poland if not for the patriotism of its inhabitants, who managed to resist over a century of Germanisation.

"The return to the motherland, which the population of Leszno so desired, took effect on January 17 1920, when the first Polish military regiments entered the town square. Today we are commemorating the centenary of this important event and bow our heads before our forefathers' achievement," the PM wrote.