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November 11th - Independance Day in Poland


szkotja2007 27 | 1,499  
11 Nov 2007 /  #1
November the 11th is independence day for Poland. How is this celebrated in Poland and abroad ?
Wroclaw 44 | 5,387  
11 Nov 2007 /  #2
From what I can see. People just stay at home and watch TV etc. No-one is doing anything this Nov 1 as it's snowing heavily [in Wroclaw].
OP szkotja2007 27 | 1,499  
11 Nov 2007 /  #3
Its maybe a bigger deal for ex pats, an excuse to get together and have a drink.
I would have thought now that Poland is asserting herself in Europe that a bigger deal would have been made of these kind of days.
stepheng - | 49  
11 Nov 2007 /  #4
In the UK its rememberance day, where we remember those who dies in the wars of the past.

The day the guns fell silent in World War 1.
Puzzler 9 | 1,089  
11 Nov 2007 /  #5
I would have thought now that Poland is asserting herself in Europe that a bigger deal would have been made of these kind of days

- It's our Independence holiday, and contrary to what Wroclaw says, it's been celebrated in free Poland (under the Russian occupation it wasn't). Masses are being said in churches, cemeteries visited, candles burnt.
telefonitika  
11 Nov 2007 /  #6
yesterday on tv polonia there was a service on as the polish president lech was giving a speech and loads of military servicemen in uniform were lined up

and today in uk will be a similar broadcast to honour and remember the fallen from the World War
Daisy 3 | 1,227  
11 Nov 2007 /  #7
The day the guns fell silent in World War 1.

That's why it's on this date but it's not just for wars past....The British legion are there for service men and their families who are being affected by the current wars in Iraq and Afghanistan...that's what the money from the poppys are going to.....Soldiers that are getting blown to bits, then come home to an NHS waiting list, because this Government has closed down all the military hospitals
Firestorm 6 | 400  
11 Nov 2007 /  #8
Happy Independance Day to all.. :))))
Yogibear - | 40  
11 Nov 2007 /  #9
A significant day for The UK and Poland then eh.
Mufasa 19 | 358  
11 Nov 2007 /  #10
Happy Independance Day to You all.. :))))

Happy independence day from me too. You can wish me a happy one on 27 April - Freedom Day in SA
miranda  
11 Nov 2007 /  #11
It is a Remembrance Day in Canada.
Puzzler 9 | 1,089  
11 Nov 2007 /  #12
Yes, Happy Independence and Remembrance Day. I'm drinking a toast in honour of the War Fallen.
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
11 Nov 2007 /  #13
Independence day Pictures from Warsaw, Poland:

A few more: Kacz. and Lithuanian president.
Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
11 Nov 2007 /  #14
wow cool Pictures Greg,, I notice on that car ( last pic) that it says USA but those are
numbers behind it right? cant read that to well.. so they have huge parades , and the
US is included :) that makes me feel good. really, with all the bad that happens we
seem to point fingers on all the bad and not focus on the good which we need to do
more of :)

more pics please :)))
anuska 1 | 30  
11 Nov 2007 /  #15
thats what people are doing in poland he he he i wish i was there its snowing im soooo jealous
Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
11 Nov 2007 /  #16
This is a picture of my dad, who served in WWII as Merchant Marine. bringing

much needed supplies to the men fighting on the front lines but also fighting at
sea to assure these important supplies reached their destinations.

in my research I came across by accident some of his ships destinations to which
quite a few times landed in England.

Isnt my dad a cutie.. :)) I miss him

ps. the picture is blurry because of the way its paper was made. and me having
to fix some of the picture.


  • Patrycja Father
miranda  
11 Nov 2007 /  #17
Isnt my dad a cute.. :)) I miss him

very nice pic Pat
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
11 Nov 2007 /  #18
I notice on that car ( last pic) that it says USA

That's one of WW2 era military vehicles, which were on the parade.
Patrycja19 63 | 2,699  
11 Nov 2007 /  #19
I never seen one that looked like that, not even in the USA,, but its pretty unique
looking do you know the history of that type of military vehicle?

PS. on the back it looks like its for rough terrain because the back looks like
the back half of a army tank and the top covers the whole back almost like a tank
my brother would love to see that..
Shawn_H  
11 Nov 2007 /  #20
Excellent pics G. Did you take them or are they from the internet?
isthatu 3 | 1,164  
11 Nov 2007 /  #21
Before anyone states the obvious,that top armoured car is a German SDKFZ 251, representing one of those captured during the uprising I shoild imagine,and,if you look really closely behind them apears to be my mates representing soldiers of the AK.:)

the one below is a Sherman M4,probably representing 1st armoured division,free poles ,west front.
the one below,no idea,but isnt it cute :)
(kidding,its a pre war polish armoured car,in the camo of the 36 manouvers,i think...)
Bartolome 2 | 1,085  
11 Nov 2007 /  #22
I bought a good ale and drank to wellbeing of Poland and my own.

(kidding,its a pre war polish armoured car,in the camo of the 36 manouvers,i think...)

Wz. (Mark) 34, to be strict. Pity there isn't any original equipment (I'm talking about bigger one, such like planes or tanks) left in Poland from the September Campaign of '39(except for P. 11c in Muzeum Lotnictwa in Kraków).
Grzegorz_ 51 | 6,163  
11 Nov 2007 /  #23
Here is AK reconstruction group:
isthatu 3 | 1,164  
11 Nov 2007 /  #24
yep,thats them Grzegorz,thanks a lot, Thats Tomek,Slawek,Darek,et al, a great bunch of guys :) They represent Gruppa Radoslaw. ( The guy at the back of the front rank introduced me to my avatar and miodowe,the latter helps when watching the former :) )
BevK 11 | 248  
6 Nov 2009 /  #25
Nov 6, 09, 17:50 - Thread attached on merging:
11th November a "holiday" in Poland?

No work listed for me that day, which might just be one of those things (and right now would be quite nice to have a breather as Wednesdays have been very manic for weeks) - notice the same for the week after (Thursday as I recall).
nincompoop_not 2 | 192  
6 Nov 2009 /  #26
hi BevK,

yes, it's a national holiday in Poland - celebrating Polish independence 1918
BevK 11 | 248  
6 Nov 2009 /  #27
I am an ignoramus - thank you.

~slinks off in shame at my lack of knowledge
firkegaard - | 14  
9 Nov 2009 /  #28
Just to note, that Poland's declaration of independance was issued on 7th October 1918. 11th November was just chosen for the holiday because it's when WWI officially ended.

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