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President Andrzej Duda on Independence Day. President’s speech: the time has come to defend the motherland

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President Andrzej Duda gave a speech during the national celebration of Independence Day. – We have always been, we are and will be part of a Europe based on Christian values, which are also the foundations of our tradition and culture – he said. He also referred to the situation on the border with Belarus. He said that “the time has come to defend the motherland”. He pointed out that “we need to guard its borders more than before”, and we were forced to do so by “hybrid actions of the Belarusian regime against Poland and against the European Union”.

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On Thursday noon ceremonies are held at Piłsudski Square in Warsaw. There was a ceremonial guard briefing, and flowers were laid in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. President Andrzej Duda gave a speech.

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– I thank God for Poland, for the fact that we have been able to enjoy independence for over 30 years, we can enjoy our country, where we govern ourselves, we decide for ourselves – said President Andrzej Duda on Thursday during the state celebration of Independence Day. – I would like to thank all those who have fought for a free, sovereign, independent Poland for generations – he added.

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President Andrzej DudaPAP / Rafał Guz

President: we have always been, we are and will be part of Europe

The president referred to the words of Marshal Józef Piłsudski that a nation that does not remember important moments in its history, a nation without memory, without respect for symbols that are important to it, is only a community of people temporarily staying in a given territory.

– We are not a community of people temporarily staying in this territory. We are a nation that has lived here for over 1050 years, having our own statehood, shaped and built on the trunk of the Christian tradition since we were baptized, when our rulers declared that we would be part of Europe, this Christian, modern and modern Europe – emphasized Andrzej Duda .

– Since then, we have always been, we are and we will be [częścią – przyp. red.] A Europe based on Christian values, which are also the foundations of our tradition and culture, stressed the president.

“A nation that does not remember its history is only a group of people temporarily staying in a given territory”TVN24

President: the time has come to defend the homeland

Andrzej Duda also referred to the situation on the border with Belarus, which is caused by the influx of migrants.

– The time has come that today patriotism is not only, as we have talked for years, work for the homeland, historical memory, a vision of what Poland should be like in the future, its development, thinking about its matters, building its strength, and honoring heroes – he said President.

He said that “the time has come to defend the motherland”. – Fortunately, you do not have to defend it with a weapon in your hand, but you have to guard its borders more than before, you have to do it with dedication, with sleepless nights, in the cold, in hardship, in a very ungrateful situation to which we were forced by the hybrid actions of the Belarusian regime against Poland and against the European Union – said the president.

President: soldiers guarding the security of our homeland - our thoughts and hearts have been, are and will be with you

President: soldiers guarding the security of our homeland – our thoughts and hearts have been, are and will be with youTVN24

Main photo source: PAP / Rafał Guz



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