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FORWARD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan – Polish soldiers display a state flag during an Independence Day Ceremony Nov. 11 on Forward Operating Base Ghazni. In addition to being America’s Veterans Day, Nov. 11 signifies the Polish national holiday celebrating and commemorating its independent statehood in 1918 after 123 years of partitions by Austria, Prussia and Russia. (Photo by Polish Capt. Artur Pinkowski, Task Force White Eagle Public Affairs Office)FORWARD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan – Polish and American servicemembers, along with their civilian counterparts, attended an Independence Day ceremony on Forward Operating Base Ghazni Nov. 11.



Nov. 11 signifies the Polish national holiday celebrating and commemorating its independent statehood in 1918 after 123 years of partitions by Austria, Prussia and Russia.

"We had to wait 123 years for our independence. And we had to fight for it,” said Polish Brig. Gen. Andrzej Reudowicz, Task Force White Eagle commander, during the ceremony. "We understand very well what independence and freedom means."

As part of the ceremony, names of fallen heroes who sacrificed their lives on Afghan soil were called.

"We stand today on the call for independence of memory for the distant land of Afghanistan, to honor all who fought for the independence of the Polish Republic,” the general said. “Today, we, the heirs of Polish independence tradition, we turn to the treasury of the accomplishments of our brave ancestors.”

Polish task force commanders met with media representatives after the ceremony. The main area of concern was the security situation in the Ghazni province, cooperation between TF White Eagle and Afghan National Security Forces. Many questions related to the subsequent development projects of Provincial Reconstruction Team.

In addition to the somber ceremony and press engagement, the day also included a 11-kilometer run, a basketball tournament and traditional Polish cuisine.

Later in the evening, a solemn Mass in the intention of the Homeland was celebrated.

"Homeland is composed of spiritual wealth of language, culture, history and traditions,” said Polish Chaplain (Capt.) Rafal Kapron. “To the memory of victories and defeats, the rulers, heroes, leaders and multitudes of nameless people who have served their work and serve the country.”
 

 

FORWARD OPERATING BASE GHAZNI, Afghanistan – Runners on Forward Operating Base Ghazni start an 11-kilometer race as part of the day-long Polish Independence Day celebration Nov. 11. The day’s events included a ceremony, run, basketball tournament, traditional Polish cuisine and a Mass. (Photo by Polish Capt. Artur Pinkowski, Task Force White Eagle Public Affairs Office)

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