Minister Anna Maria Anders, on behalf of the Prime Minister of Poland, took part in the commemoration ceremonies of the 83rd Anniversary of the death of Marshal Józef Piłsudski, the 48th Anniversary of the death of General Władysław Anders and the 74th Anniversary of the Battle of Monte Cassino.

The ceremonies, which began with Holy Mass at Field Cathedral of the Polish Army were also attended by the Deputy Speaker of the Senate Maria Koc, the organizer of the ceremonies the Head of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression, Minister Jan Józef Kasprzyk, the advisor to the President of Poland Zofia Romaszewska and representatives of the diplomatic corps.

 

After Holy Mass the ceremonies continued at the Marshal Józef Piłsudski Square where wreaths were laid at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and in front of the Marshal’s monument.

 

The ceremony at the Monument to the Battle of Monte Cassino began at 2 p.m.

In her speech Minister Anders recalled the words spoken during the morning sermon at the Cathedral that if all Polish people mobilize, they can achieve the impossible, as shown by the achievements of two great sons of Poland: Marshal Józef Piłsudski and General Władysław Anders. She also stressed that a perfect example of our unity is the recent defence of the Katyn memorial in Jersey City USA, which is to be relocated, not removed, thanks to joint efforts. "Next generations are learning history through monuments. That is why they are so important not only as a monument to the past, but also a message to the future.”

Wreaths and flowers were laid at the Monument to the Battle of Monte Cassino at the end of the ceremony.