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In addition to being the 32nd Sunday of Ordinary Time, next Sunday marks the 100th anniversary of the Armistice which ended World War I. It is also the 100th anniversary of Polish Independence. On November 11th each year, we celebrate Veterans’ Day. We pray for all veterans of military service, especially those who sacrificed their very lives for the defense of their country.

On November 11th, Poland celebrates the National Independence Day. The date commemorates events from 1918 when Poland regained its independence after 123 years of partitions. Since 1795, Poland was divided between Austria, Prussia and Russia. The World War 1 which ended in 1918, was a defeat to all those major European powers. The process of formation of Polish independent government and seizing power from the hands of Austrians in October. On November 11, 1918, Jozef Pilsudski, founder of Polish legions who came back from German prison one day earlier, was appointed the Commander-in-Chief over the Polish Forces. Three days later Pilsudski was given complete civil control over Polish territories. November 11th was celebrated as Polish Independence Day since 1920. In the communist period it was forbidden to celebrate this day but it was restored immediately after the collapse of communism in 1989. It is a day in which Poles worldwide pray for their country and celebrate their hard earned freedom!

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