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  • 1 October 2018

    Representatives of the Polish Military Representation and Poland’s Permanent Delegation to NATO commemorated 100th anniversary of the restoration of the independence of Poland with a 100-km bicycle ride from NATO HQ to the Polish military cemetery in Lommel, in the Belgian province of Limburg.

    On Saturday morning of the 29th of September, a group of officers and a civilian, started off on a bicycle journey to Lommel, to take part in the annual commemoration at the Polish military cemetery, the biggest such Polish cemetery in Belgium. It is a resting place for 257 soldiers of the 1st Armoured Division, commanded by General Maczek, as well as Polish airmen. They gave their lives liberating Belgian cities from German occupation. The cemetery was founded in 1946 thanks to the initiative of the British authorities.

    The participants of the bicycle trek were Major-General Marek Mecherzyński (Deputy Permanent Military Representative to NATO Military Committee), Colonel Rafał Michalski, Lieutenant-Colonel Dariusz Latosiewicz, Fr. Lieutenant-Colonel Paweł Piontek, Major Tomasz Kawka, Major Przemysław Grzybowski and Mr. Tomasz Kwieciński-Mendel. They were joined in Lommel by their families.

    Upon arrival at the cemetery, the chaplain said a prayer for the fallen troops. The next day, the participants took part in a mass and laid a wreath at the plaque commemorating the fallen soldiers. The 74th anniversary of Flanders commemoration were inaugurated with a performance by an Orchestra of the Military Command of the Limburg Province. The Polish soldiers were honored by Polish diplomats, including the Ambassador of Poland to Belgium Artur Orzechowski, Polish Senator Antoni Szymański, representative of the Belgian King as well as representatives of the local authorities, Poles living in Belgium and Belgian citizens, grateful for the Polish sacrifice. A letter from the Deputy Prime Minister of Poland Piotr Gliński was read out at the ceremony.

    There are 21 Polish military cemeteries in Belgian dating from World War II.