Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki: Today we are proud to rebuild the grand traditions of the Polish Army

Thank you for your decisions and I am positive that you will contribute to the strengthening of security of the Polish State, and thus we will be able to build powerful Poland. You committed yourselves to something very important – to the defence of our frontier and, when at peace – to help people – said the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, who participated in the ceremony of swearing-in the soldiers of the TDF in the 2nd Lubelska Brigade of Territorial Defence named after major Hieronim Dekutowski ps. Zapora. 

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Photo: W. Kompała / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

We care for the security of Poland and the Poles

You undertook something very important, something crucial. Ensuring the security of our frontier and, at the time of peace, helping the civilian population in the poviats and districts where you live and serve is a great task. It is the service to Poland, such as we currently need the most: devoted service, service of the heart, and at the same time, complementation of other very important, crucial elements of our security, both in technical and human terms, in other military units which form an absolutely integral, tightly-knit part of the Polish Army – the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said to the TDF soldiers in Włodawa.

The Head of the Government received a report from the Commander of the 2nd Lubelska Brigade of Territorial Defence, colonel Tadeusz Nastarowicz and emphasized that devoted service for Poland meant ensuring the security of frontiers and assistance to the civilian population. He also mentioned the patron of the 2nd Lubelska Brigade of Territorial Defence, Hieronim Dekutowski ps. Zapora, the commander who never gave up till the end. He was a model and example to his soldiers. He was particularly dear to me, because the still living lady, whom I call aunt Teresa, was his fiancée, to whom he bid farewell going to the forest – he divulged.

Today we are proud to rebuild the traditions of the Polish Army, the grand traditions. It was the very lack of well trained, able army which would be supported by a strong, efficient state and vice versa: the lack of an efficient state which could provide for the army functioning while at peace, so that it could defend that state during the war, at the time of aggression, caused the fall of the Republic of Poland – said the Head of the Government and emphasized that the territorial defence force is modelled on the heroic predecessors from the Home Army, which also was a territorial army.

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The Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki's visit to the Lubelskie Voivodeship

Earlier, while visiting the Lubelskie Voivodeship, the Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki laid a wreath under a plaque commemorating Szmul Zygielbojm in Chełm.

Szmul Mordechaj Zygielbojm was a member of the National Council of the Republic of Poland in London. On 12 May 1943, in protest against the world's indifference to the Holocaust, he committed suicide. In 2008, a plaque in commemoration to Zygielbojm was built in on the wall of a building in Chełm, where he lived.

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