Tuesday is the Flag Day of the Republic of Poland. On this occasion, the Ministry of the Interior and Administration prepared a mini-guide “White and Red”. It reminds you about the rules of handling the national flag. On the occasion of Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day, US Ambassador to Poland Mark Brzezinski wished that freedom always accompany the Polish flag.
“May 2 is a special day for all Poles. We celebrate it every year Flag Day Polish Republic. On this day, we display White and Red in the windows, on masts or on the balconies of apartments and houses. This gesture is an expression of our patriotism and pride that we are Poles MIA on the Flag Day of the Republic of Poland.
“The white and red flag is a symbol that unites countrymen, it is a testimony to our national affiliation and a symbol of Polish statehood. The flag accompanies us both in exceptionally solemn and dramatic events, but also wherever Poles want to express their connection with the Polish community. May 2 is also the Day of the Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad.
“White and Red” mini-guide
In order for the Polish flag to be presented in accordance with tradition and honor, the Ministry of Interior and Administration prepared a mini-guide “White and Red”.
The mini-guide lists, among others, the rules that should be followed when displaying the state flag in public. The Ministry of the Interior and Administration indicates that the flag must be clean and have legible colors. It must not be wrinkled, frayed or smeared. The popular practice of placing inscriptions and drawings by fans is allowed only on national colors, not on the flag.
The Ministry of the Interior and Administration also explains that the Polish flag, when presented in public, can never touch the floor, ground, pavement or water. During a storm, very strong wind or snowstorm, it should be lowered and removed as soon as possible. The flag cannot be used to cover a monument or a commemorative plaque before they are unveiled. It cannot be used as a table cover or a package for an item. In addition, on the territory of the Republic of Poland, the Polish flag always has priority over other flags.
The US Ambassador sends his best wishes
The Polish flag is a symbol of heroism and heroism, that despite repeated pressure, Poles have never lost hope and faith in their homeland, the ambassador wrote on Tuesday USA in Poland Mark Brzezinski. On the occasion of Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day, he wished that freedom would always accompany the Polish flag.
“The flag connects and builds a community. It also carries a history, often tragic. The Polish flag is a symbol of heroism and heroism. The fact that despite repeated pressure, Poles have never lost hope and faith in their homeland. For me personally, it is also a symbol of my roots. Ladies and gentlemen, on the occasion of Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day, I wish you freedom to always accompany the Polish flag,” Brzezinski wrote on Twitter.
The Flag Day of the Republic of Poland is a holiday celebrated under the amendment to the Act on the Emblem, Colors and Anthem of the Republic of Poland, passed by the Sejm on February 20, 2004. The Polish Diaspora and Poles Abroad Day, celebrated with him, was established by the Sejm on March 20, 2002.
There were two reasons for choosing the date of the holiday. One, historical, is related to the fact that on May 2, 1945, the Polish flag was hung in Berlin on the Reichstag and on the Victory Column. The second is that the authorities of the People’s Republic of Poland abolished the holiday on May 3: after May 1, the flags were to be taken down immediately so that they would not wait until May 3.
Main photo source: PAP/Darek Delmanowicz