Today is the 104th Anniversary of Poland’s regained independence following the allied victory against Germany on November 11th, 1918.
In 1795, Poland was split into the Austro-Hungarian Empire, Russia, and Prussia. Despite Napoleon’s epopee, two insurrections, and revolutions, those efforts remained unsuccessful and failed to bring Poland the independence and freedom so desired. This situation remained in force until 1918. On November 11, 1918, on the day of the Armistice, Jozef Pilsudski received the full powers to lead the military authority. The German soldiers were disarmed, while the crowds gathered on the streets throughout Poland. November 11th was declared a national holiday in 1937.
Today many events will be organized including the marathon of independence starting at 11h11, including several military ceremonies, and the Independence March at 14h.
Independence Day’s fireworks, 2019
Massive fireworks of Independence Day, 2018
Independence Day ceremony 2018 – Video by Mateusz Dolatowski on Twitter