- July 6, 2014
‘The National Army, is a jewel in the history of the Polish nation,’. Celebration of the 70. anniversary of the operation” the gates of dawn ”
Singing the Anthem of Łagierniki at the Rossa inVilnius, at the mausoleum of the Mother and Son Heart today (July 6) afternoon started the grand celebration of the 70. anniversary of the National Army operation “The Gate of Dawn” for the liberation of Vilnius from fascism.
Operation “The Gate of Dawn” was a part of “The Storm”, involving independent triggering by the Army occupied Polish lands before the arrival of the Red Army. Began on the night of 6 to 7 July 1944. The order to launch the action gave the Commander of Vilnius Region AK Lt. Col. Aleksander Krzyżanowski “Wilk”-reminded his audience a person conducting the celebration.
The ceremony organized by the Association of Łagierniki of NA soldiers together with the Office for Combatants and People Repressed and the Union of Poles in Lithuania have accumulated a number of celebrities. Among the present were collected including: Dr. Jan Stanisław Ciechanów, head of the Office for War veterans and Repressed Persons; Prof. dr HAB. Krzysztof Andrzej Kunert- Secretary of the Council for the protection of struggle and martyrdom sites; Stanisław Cygnarowski, Consul General of the REPUBLIC of Lithuania; President of ZPL Michał Mackiewicz; energy minister RL, Jarosław Niewierowicz; Member of Parliament of the REPUBLIC OF POLAND Leszek Dobrzyński; Honorary President of the Association of Łagierniki of the National Army; Józef Kwiatkowski, the President of the Association, School Matrix, ‘ ‘; Maj. Stefania Szantyr-Powolna; Chairman of the Vilnius County AK, Vladimir Mikuć; Society for lovers of Polish combatants Association of Vilnius in Lithuania, the Ponarska Family, the Association of AK in Belarus, Scouts and young people from school.
,, We meet in this holy for each Pole spot. Here, where the mother and her son are, where lie the Polish soldiers who gave their young life for that Poland was free. The operation, “the gates of dawn, ” was carried out by the greatest generation of Polish history. The generation raised in the second Republic, which have not wavered then even a moment, ”-said Jan Stanisław Ciechaowski, head of Office for War veterans and Repressed Persons and thanked the current NA soldiers for bravery.
Ciechanowski recalled the celebrated today in Lithuania – Statehood Day, On the coronation of King Mindaugas. Do not forget that even 25 years ago we would not be able to meet with these red and white flags. The independence of Lithuania is also a condition that we can celebrate the anniversaries of our ‘ ‘-spotted head of the Office for War veterans and Repressed Persons.
The Secretary of the Council for the protection of struggle and martyrdom sites, Krzysztof Andrzej Kunerta recalled the extremely difficult period for Polish and poles, when start “The Gate of Dawn”. In the same month, in London, Churchill open text in some measure revealed the secret provisions of the Teheran Conference, said that Poland will be stripped down, finds himself in the Soviet zone of influence, ” explains Kunerta.
, The National Army, is a jewel in the history of the Polish nation, ” called the words of St. John Paul II, President of the Association of home army of Łagierniki Soldiers, Andrzej Siedlecki and thanked the audience for coming. This is the sanctuary of the National Commander, the Chief of State, and then the speaker of the second Republic, Józef Piłsudski. The speaker stated that the who does not respect the past is not worthy of the present and future, ” recalled Siedlecki.
Celebration of the 70. Anniversary of the operation, “the gates of dawn, ” will continue today. 16 in the House of Polish culture in Vilnius, tomorrow move to Vilnius region.
The rest of the celebrations:
on July 7,
-hrs. 10.00 – solemn Assembly of flowers and candles at the monument in Bogusze and h. 11.00 – on the graves of soldiers AK in Skorbuciany (departure from the DP in Vilnius at 9.00);
-hrs. 10.00-submission of flowers and candles at the monument in Krawczuny by combatants and of Polish;
-h 12.00 – ceremonial submission of flowers and candles in the Calvary of Vilnius;
-hrs. 14: 00-formal submission of flowers and candles in Vilnius by a delegation of the ZPL;
-hrs. 16.30-tribute to the soldiers of the AK with stelae commemoration of 70. the anniversary of “operation The Gate of Dawn” in national commemoration it was there that both their sons by a delegation of the ZPL and night prays with the participation of Polish Theatrical Studies in Vilnius;
-hrs. 17.00-Mass St., submission of flowers and candles in Vilnius by veterans and guests from the Polish.
-hrs. 15.00-Holy Mass and paying homage at the monument of AK soldiers in Krawczuny-the ceremony is traditionally held by a branch of the Vilnius region ZPL.
Translated by Ewelina Filonik within the framework of a traineeship programme of the European Foundation of Human Rights, www.efhr.eu.