02 maja 2017

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

Flag Day and Polish Diaspora Day celebrations

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The Polish flag was raised at the Clock Tower of the Royal Castle in Warsaw on Tuesday as part of observances marking the Day of the National Flag falling on May 2.

The ceremony was attended by President Andrzej Duda and Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz. Present were also Poland's First Lady Agata Kornhauser-Duda, President's Office head Malgorzata Sadurska and army commanders.

The ceremony was preceded by a concert of a Polish army orchestra and followed by a military parade.

From the Royal Castle the president left for the Belvedere Palace where he will laid a wreath at the Monument to Marshall Jozef Pilsudski.

"It's beautiful and remarkable that the Day of the National Flag and the Day of the Polish Diaspora merge in a symbolic way on May 2", President Andrzej Duda said in front of the Belvedere Palace in Warsaw on Tuesday.

The president presented Polonia Restituta Orders to people merited for their work for the Polish Diaspora and Polish National Flags to Polish organisations operating in Poland and abroad.

The head of state also presented school IDs to students of a Polish school in London.

The president stressed that May 2 united two elements. "It unites exceptional reverence and joy coming from our white and red colours with our great community, part of which we all are", the president said during observances marking the Day of the National Flag and the Day of the Polish Diaspora falling on May 2.

According to the president, the two holidays observed on May 2, are marked but "our remembrance of our compatriots living abroad" and their remembrance of us "living in our Homeland, from where their grandparents and parents come".

The Day of the Polish Diaspora was established by the Polish Sejm (lower house) in 2002. The Day of the Flag was established in 2004.

"Distinctions are a symbol of gratitude from the Republic of Poland for your beautiful life, for your beautiful activity and for what you do for Poland", President Andrzej Duda said at the Belvedere Palace.

Addressing the decorated, the president expressed his thanks for their "beautiful life, beautiful activity" and everything they had been doing for "Polishness and Poland".

The head of state also thanked representatives of national and Polish Diaspora organisations who had received Polish National Flags.

"(...) Let them (flags - PAP) always be a symbol of the Republic of Poland", the president stressed, adding "irrespective of where you should roam and realize your goals, may Poland always be with you".

Addressing students of the 303 (Polish) Fighter Squadron Polish school in London who have today received Polish school IDs, President Duda said that apart from discounts that went with the IDs, they were most importantly "a token of a Polish student". "This means that you are members of the community of Polish students, students of Polish schools", the president stressed. (PAP, own information)