President: Independence Park project is an important challenge
An Independence Park project is a huge and important challenge, President Andrzej Duda wrote in a letter read out during a corner-stone laying ceremony for the Museum of the History of Poland at Warsaw's Citadel on Thursday.
The President wrote that the Warsaw Citadel was built by the Russians as part of repressions after the failure of the November Uprising. "For over 80 years this place filled the hearts of Poles with horror. For our predecessors and ancestors, it was a symbol of enslavement, terror, tyranny and persecution," President Duda went on to say.
"Later, for decades, it was used as a military site," President Duda said.
"I believe that this is a magnificent symbol - especially when we are celebrating the centenary of Poland's rebirth - that this beautiful site is being transformed into an Independence Park, the building of which is a huge and important challenge. This is also a tremendous effort, which will continue for years, but this is a path leading to a great goal, to a memorial of our history, of the struggle of our nation for freedom and of persistent work for a sovereign state," the president underlined.
The letter was read by Wojciech Kolarski, Undersecretary of State. (PAP/AW)