Today marks the 103rd anniversary of Poland regaining independence after centuries of foreign rule.
The Polish tall ship Dar Młodzieży will dock on Thursday in Gdynia, northern Poland, from its round-the-world Independence Cruise marking the Polish independence centenary. During a ten-month journey, the ship visited 23 ports in several countries.
The album of historic images provides a window on Poland’s turbulent history over the last 100 years, from the first steps of the republic to the present day.
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Named Piłsudski’s tank it had its baptism of fire in street fighting in Lwów in 1918 when Poles were fighting to establish the new country’s eastern borders. To raise morale it was also decorated with an American flag to show that Poland was not alone in its struggle but backed by US President Woodrow Wilson.
The Gdańsk Shipyard is among 14 new monuments to history established by the president. "Poland has 105 monuments to history on its independence centenary," President Andrzej Duda said during a gala at the National Theatre in Warsaw on Monday.
Parts of the musical 'Blacksmith', inspired by the life of Ignacy Jan Paderewski, a renowned Polish composer, pianist and statesman, an icon of Polish independence, were performed in New York's Public Space in Manhattan on Thursday.
A Polish music concert at Carnegie Hall and the unveiling of a relief depicting an icon of Polish independence, Ignacy Jan Paderewski, at the Polish Slavic Center dominated Sunday celebrations in New York of the centenary of Poland regaining independence.
US President Donald Trump congratulated Poland in a Sunday Tweet on its 100th Independence Anniversary.
NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Poland, Romania, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania on their independence centenaries on Sunday. Separately, the European Council highlighted Poland's achievements.