12 XII 2016

Anniversary of the Introduction of Martial Law

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Poland’s Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz was taking part in solemn ceremonies entitled: "They’ve wrenched our hearts, but we won’t give up our souls," organized in honor of the 35th anniversary of the introduction of martial law in Poland.
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The honorary patronage over the ceremony, organized by the “Stowarzyszenie 13 Grudnia,” in cooperation with, among others, the Ministry of National Defence, was assumed by the President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda.

Ceremony timetable:

December 11th (Sunday)

– Celebration of Holy Mass at the Holy Cross Basilica in Warsaw, ul. Krakowskie Przedmieście 3

– A medal awards’ ceremony "Overcome evil with good" under the auspices of the National Committee of the Memory of Blessed Father Jerzy Popiełuszko for distinguished Polish independence activists. Medals were presented to, among others, Prof. Wojciech Fałkowski, Ph.D. hab., Undersecretary of State in the Ministry of National Defence and Sławomir Frątczak, Director of the Department of Education, Culture and Heritage at the Ministry of National Defence.

12 December (Monday), 6:00 p.m.

Commemorative Concert at the Teatr Polski in Warsaw.

On Monday, Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz together with invited guests attended a commemorative concert, which was organized in the framework of the celebration of this anniversary.

“This program has a very specific meaning and particular format. (…) This is a concert, which commemorates the heroism of hundreds of thousands of people, millions of people. This is a concert, which commemorates those thousands of Polish women, children and men, who faced once again, during the period of the Soviet occupation, tanks and machine guns, but did not surrender. It was dedicated to those who chose to fight over receiving honors, at the expense of a quiet life,” said Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz.

As the Defence Minister stressed in his speech, “today martial law could not be compared with anything, though if you could compare it to something, then only with the first years of the Soviet occupation, where people were murdered in the streets, where people were shipped off to Siberia (...) Only this analogy to martial law seems adequate.”

Defence Minister Macierewicz stressed that “this concert is also in tribute to those who have persevered, and to those who could not be broken.”

On Tuesday, December 13th, during a meeting at the Presidential Palace, the Deputy President of the Institute of National Remembrance Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes Against the Polish Nation Krzysztof Szwagrzyk, Adviser to the President of the Republic of Poland, President of the team reviewing requests for medals for activists of the democratic opposition Irena Zofia Romaszewska, and in the presence of the Minister of National Defence Antoni Macierewicz, presented Freedom and Solidarity crosses on behalf of the President of the Republic. These went to repressed women, who were interned and jailed during the martial law period.

The President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda also presented Medals of the Rebirth of Poland and the Golden Cross of Merit for meritorious activists of the democratic opposition. The ceremony was combined with an educational lesson for young people entitled "Our Solidarity."

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