Polish Independence Day is officially celebrated on 11 November. This special date marks a chain of events which led to the re-establishment of Poland's independent statehood at the end of World War I. Back then, Poland returned to the map of Europe after 123 years of political subordination to its three powerful neighbours – Russia, Austria-Hungary and Prussia. It took a few generations, three uprisings and a world war to have the Nation united within Polish borders again.
The ceremony held at Baltic Barracks brought together many distinguished guests and more than 300 soldiers representing all 26 countries which constitute the Corps.
It is extremely gratifying that we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the rebirth of the Polish state not by ourselves but among our allies.
"It is extremely gratifying that we celebrate the 100th anniversary of the rebirth of the Polish state not by ourselves but among our allies." – Corps Commander Lieutenant General Sławomir Wojciechowski said – "The system of collective security guarantees our independence as never before in history. However, we must not forget that independence is not given once and for all. It is a continuous process that requires constant attention."
Traditional gathering at MNC NE on Polish Independence Day with commemorating the soldiers who died while serving for the Corps.
Thus, the General highlighted the value of kinship and community between the partners from both sides of the Atlantic, which was born out of – often times – horrid and tragic events:
"The painful lessons of the 20th century taught us that it is only through understanding and cooperation that the bitter cycle of rivalry and hatred, exemplified by two world wars and the Cold War, can be stopped."
The gathering served as an opportunity to present with medals and promotions those MNC NE soldiers who distinguished themselves by their dedication and professional performance.
Moreover, the gathering served as an opportunity to present with medals those MNC NE soldiers who distinguished themselves by their dedication and exceptional professional performance.