Veterans of the Vilnius region received the new uniforms of the Polish Army

Edward Klonowski, president of the Association of Polish Veterans in Lithuania receives a new uniform. Fot. Bartosz Frątczak, wilnoteka.lt

„Today is a day of joy for us all. Every time when I am meeting you, I am very proud that I can stand among you, veterans of Polish armed forces, among the people who have decided to sacrifice the greatest good that a man has – his life – in order to serve the homeland when it needed them most.“ These are the words of the ambassador of Poland to Lithuania, Jarosław Czubiński, in his speech that addressed the veterans and soldiers of the Home Army. The celebratory handover of ten sets of uniform and equipment to the soldiers from the Club of Home Army Veterans and the Association of Polish Veterans in Lithuania took place on the 18th of May, in the House of Polish Culture in Vilnius.

The decision to grant the new sets of uniforms to the Vilnius region veterans was made by the Polish Defense Minister who pursued the initiative of the Polish Embassy in Vilnius. „It is a great organizational and financial challenge. Through such decision, the minister confirms his will to support Polish veterans and proves the firm place that you and your merits occupy in his memory“, underlined the ambassador.

Polish people living in Chicago have also donated their gifts, which where handed over to the presidents of veteran associations via the „Wilnoteka“ portal.

„Every time when they watch a coverage from Rossa, they see you there, always uniformed and on the watch. They saw that you have been taking this watch since 1939“, said Edyta Maksymowicz, the editor of „Wilnoteka.“

Source: http://kurierwilenski.lt/2016/05/18/kombatanci-wilenszczyzny-otrzymali-nowe-umundurowanie-wojska-polskiego/

Tłumaczenie by Jan Moryń w ramach praktyk w Europejskiej Fundacji Praw Człowieka, www.efhr.eu. Translated by Jan Moryń within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.

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