You may not know but for 123 years Poland was wiped out from the map of the world. From 1795 to 1918 we ceased to exist. But not in our hearts and minds. Partitioned between Austria, Russia and Prussia we always dreamed that one day we would regain our independence.

We fought our oppressors in many ways, in insurrections where gentry and peasants fought side by side, knowing that they risked everything. We fought through the works of great minds such as Chopin, Mickiewicz, Paderewski, Curie-Skłodowska. We showed the world our love for our motherland and that we still existed, created and yearned for freedom.

And finally, in 1918 our dreams came true and we returned to the map. The Second Republic was extinguished by the Second World War, but even those terrors failed to dampen our spirits. Later, we still had one fight to win, which we did through our Solidarity and faith in the Holy Father, Saint John Paul. 

Now we are strong, free and independent. Today we are celebrating 100 years of our independence, and may we stay this way forever! Long live Poland! Vivat Polonia!

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Some Body 4 weeks ago

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Poland - country of catholic idiots who are not smart enought to be independent from domination of the church, jews and political gangsters. You are still slaves!

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Lili Képes 3 weeks ago

After reading and looking through this post, I wonder why these guys have not received more up-votes for these photographs. Do people think that love for our homeland would necessarily implicate hate for other countries and nations? Poland is a beautiful country of (literally) beautiful people, who have a long (actually and ancient) history in Europe. Celebrating this history is about bondage and love. I am not Polish, but I wish you a happy anniversary, Poland!

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Meow 4 weeks ago

This one is cool! My first thought was "wait why is it weird?" Then i realized