US Embassy marks centenary of President Wilson’s Fourteen Points Address in Versailles

The US Embassy in Warsaw on Monday commemorated the 100th Anniversary of President Woodrow Wilson’s famous “Fourteen Points” address to the U.S. Congress, in which he notably called for Poland’s independence.

Addressing a Warsaw ceremony marking the anniversary, US Ambassador to Poland Paul Jones stressed that the US and Poland are currently bound by closest ever economic and military ties.

The ambassador noted that exactly 100 years ago, on January 8, 1918, ten months before the end of WWI, US President Woodrow Wilson presented a programme for world peace in his address to the US Congress, including principles of post-war order. Under Point 13 of 'Woodrow Wilson's Fourteen Points' programme, President Wilson stressed "that statesmen everywhere are agreed that there should be a united, independent, and autonomous Poland." 

The point assumed that Poland should return to the map of the world as an independent and free country, said Ambassador Jones. 

The ambassador added that Wilson's support for Polish independence was linked with his friendship with Ignacy Paderewski, a Polish pianist, politician, statesman and spokesman for Polish independence. 

Following Wilson's speech, thousands of Polish-Americans joined General Jozef Haller's Blue Army formed in France. 

At present our countries are fulfilling Wilson's and Paderewski's vision of friendship between Poland and the US, said Ambassador Jones.

The US Embassy in Poland is celebrating the 100th anniversary of Poland's independence as well as 100 years of Polish-US diplomatic ties under the slogan "100 Years Together: People - History - Future."

During Monday's ceremony, Ambassador Jones presented a plaque to the City of Warsaw honouring President Wilson for his role in championing the independence of Poland.