Prime Minister: Today’s Poland was born out of Solidarity and the desire that expressed our aspirations for independence

This year is special for its anniversaries. To celebrate the centennial of the victorious Battle of Warsaw, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki inaugurated the government ‘Under the White and Red’ campaign. The project will pay tribute to those who died for the freedom and independence of our homeland.  During his stay in the Silesian Voivodeship, the Prime Minister also visited the ‘Here Solidarity Was Born’ (Tu rodziła się Solidarność) exhibition commemorating the 40th anniversary of establishing the Solidarity trade union.

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

‘Here Solidarity Was Born’ Exhibition

The Institute of National Remembrance inaugurated the celebration of the 40th anniversary of establishing Solidarity by organising the ‘Here Solidarity Was Born’ exhibition, showcased simultaneously in 17 municipalities across Poland.

Millions of people, most of whom have remained anonymous, played a part in this great victory that was the Polish Solidarity. Through this exhibition, the organisers are paying tribute to those people.

It was your determination that made the communist authorities back down said the Prime Minister, thanking all Solidarity activists of that time.

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also laid flowers at the Monument of the Jastrzębie-Zdrój Agreement.

Jastrzębie-Zdrój holds its own place in the history of the birth of Solidarity; it was the place where one of the four August Agreements of 1980 was signed, thanks to which the first independent and self-governed trade union was able to emerge and legally operate under the communist state.

The exhibition consists of a nationwide section and regional sections, as well as local ones, showing the creation of Solidarity in almost every corner of our country. The series of exhibitions is presented in a coordinated manner and together they form the ‘White-and-Red Trail: Here Solidarity Was Born’.

The routes of all regional exhibitions will converge on 28 August at a vernissage in Warsaw.

Tribute to the heroes

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki also inaugurated the “Under the White and Red” campaign, thanks to which flag masts can be erected in municipalities all over Poland.

Let the white-and-red flag unite us. Our colours belong to all of us. They are the future, present and past said the Prime Minister. He added that hoisting the flag proves the important role played in the life of Polish citizens by the national symbols that our ancestors laid down their lives for.

The ‘Under the White And Red’ Campaign – what is it about?

Each of nearly 2.5 thousand Polish municipalities (gminas) has a chance to receive a flag mast. Municipalities whose residents collect the required number of online signatures will receive subsidies for the purchase of masts and flags, including their installation.

The project will honour those who died for the freedom and independence of our homeland and foster patriotic attitudes as well as a sense of pride in being Polish. Another aim of the project is to duly commemorate the victory of the Polish military forces over the Bolshevik army in the Battle of Warsaw, 1920.

Three municipalities with the highest percentage of signatures will be visited by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki. The Prime Minister will participate in the ceremony of hoisting the flag.

This initiative is being carried out under the honorary patronage of Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, in cooperation with the Ministry of Digital Affairs.

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