The celebration of Poland's Independence Day brought together the HQ MNC NE Polish and international personnel. Officially, Poland's Independence Day falls on November 11. This consequential date marks a chain of events which led to the re-establishment of Poland as an independent state in 1918. World War I brought an end to the European land-based empires of Austria-Hungary, Prussia and Russia. It was then that Poland – partitioned by these three in 1795 – re-emerged as a parliamentary republic.
When reflecting on Poland's struggle for independence carried out throughout the whole 19th century, Colonel Marcin Hołowiecki, the Polish Senior National Officer for MNC NE, referred to Ukraine's ongoing fight against the Russian invasion: "Russia has yet again shattered peace on the European continent. We are at the defining moment for our security and the future of the next generations."
We fully support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, and Ukraine’s right to self-defence. We do it in the spirit of Poland's motto: For our freedom and yours.
Additionally, the gathering served as an opportunity to promote to a higher rank and to present with medals the soldiers who distinguished themselves by their outstanding professional performance.
Poland has been home to HQ MNC NE since the unit's establishment in 1999.