The Prime Minister emphasised that the road to independence led not only through battles, uprisings and wars. A significant element was also the patriotic work of women. “I am certain that without women – mothers, grandmothers, sisters and daughters – we would not be where we are today,” he said. He also stressed that women themselves often fought for independence with guns in their hands.
“Nowadays, it is you, women, who are the beacon of freedom and truth, and who stood on the right side in all battles against the communist authorities,” emphasised the head of the government, addressing the former female political prisoners present at the meeting.
“Your heroism was inspired by your emotions and concern for your families, and your life, marked by blood and tears, was the key to today’s independence,” he continued. “And for that, as the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland, I would like to pay tribute to you and express gratitude on behalf of all free Polish citizens.”
“May your life be the testimony that will support the development of better Poland,” he concluded.
During the meeting, the head of the government also participated in the ceremony of unveiling a plaque commemorating Anna Walentynowicz. Moreover, he laid a wreath at the Wall of Death and lit a candle at the gallows of general August Fieldorf “Nil.”