Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki at the Military Picnic held in commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Silesian Uprisings

During a dramatic time of grave danger, the Silesian insurgents chose to stand for Poland and the Polish spirit,” said the Prime Minister during a formal Appeal delivered as part of the Military Picnic in Katowice.

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Photo: Krystian Maj / Chancellery of the Prime Minister of Poland

The head of the government emphasized that the legacy of the Silesian Insurgents is more than a lesson in history, but one to take for the future as well. “They teach us that Poland is a choice, though often a hard one to make,” he said.

He also expressed gratitude to all Insurgents who made sure that the Polish spirit survived in Silesia. He added that “today, we follow in their footsteps, building a strong Silesia for Poland, alongside a strong Poland to serve the entire Śląskie Voivodeship”.

On Saturday, a military picnic took place in two squares, next to the historic building of the Silesian Parliament, which today serves as the location o the Marshal's and Voivodeship offices. Today’s celebrations are one of the events marking the 100th anniversary of the First Silesian Uprising in August.

During the ceremony, the Prime Minister had the opportunity to witness displays of military equipment, including the Rosomak wheeled armoured transporter, the T-34 and PT-91 Twardy tanks, the Poprad rocket launcher and numerous specialised vehicles used by the army and uniformed services. Featured attractions included majorette displays, military orchestra performances, presentations of uniformed services and reconstruction groups.

Mateusz Morawiecki also laid a wreath under the Silesian Insurgents’ monument in Katowice.

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