President presents state distinctions on National Flag Day

Radek Pietruszka

Poland's President Andrzej Duda awarded state distinctions to Polish diaspora activists during a ceremony marking the National Flag Day on May 2. The Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad Day also falls on May 2.

During a ceremony held at noon at the Presidential Palace, the president also presented national flags to representatives of various organisations and institutions, operating both in Poland and abroad.

The head of state expressed his gratitude to the awarded people for their work for "their fellow men and compatriots."

President Duda expressed his hope that Polish flags handed to organisations "will mobilise them to better work for the Republic of Poland, and for promoting Poland at home and abroad."

The president stressed that "our history is the reason why Poles are dispersed around the world and inhabit all its continents."

In his speech, President Duda also reminded about the history of the Presidential Palace, which was witness to "both beautiful and difficult moments" in Polish history. In this context he recalled that in 1791 the palace hosted debates around the historical May 3 Constitution and the 1989 Round Table Talks between Poland's communist authorities and Solidarity, but was also where the Warsaw Pact was signed in 1955.

In the conclusion of his address, Duda thanked Polish diasporas for "their activities on the behalf of Poland and the Polish spirit."

Earlier in the day, Poland's national flag was ceremoniously raised on the Clock Tower of the Warsaw Royal Castle.

On their way to the Presidential Palace, the presidential couple presented national flags to people gathered at the Zamkowy Square and on Krakowskie Przedmiescie Street.

Polish National Flag Day was established in 2004.