The Armed Forces Day is celebrated in Poland on August 15 on the anniversary of so called Vistula Miracle - when Polish forces defended Warsaw and Polish independence against Soviets in 1920. This day was celebrated as Polish soldier day since 1923. After World War II the Polish Soldier's day was moved to October 12 (anniversray of Lenino Battle) from obvious reasons. The Armed Forces Day was re-established in 1992. This day - August 15 is also devoted to Saint Mary.
Global Gathering at Polish Embassy. The annual celebration of Polish Armed Forces Day was observed at the Embassy of Poland in Washington, D.C. on September 20, 2005. The celebrants pictured above, from the left, are Charge d' Affaires Boguslaw Winid, U.S. Lieutenant General Henry Oberling III, Director of the Missile Defense Agency, and Brigadier General Kazimierz Sikorski, Defense and Air Attache.
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Polish Armed Forces Day was observed here on September 20, 2005 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland. Charge d' Affaires Boguslaw Winid and Brigadier General Kazimierz Sikorski, Defense and Air Attache, co-hosted the prestigious annual event. Scores of military representatives from all over the world were in attendance. The Embassy reception rooms were awash with a sea of military uniforms of many different hues and color schemes, all accented with wave upon wave of glittering gold braid and kaleidoscopic decorations. Also in attendance were many local Polish Army veterans, the Polish Legion of American Veterans, and numerous leaders and members of Polonia. All branches of the United States armed forces were especially well represented. The desired goals of celebration, global martial camaraderie and gracious Polish hospitality were easily attained and greatly exceeded.
The Commander-In-Chief of the Armed Forces of Poland is the country's president, currently the Honorable Aleksander Kwasniewski. The present Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of Poland is General Czeslaw Piatas. The current strength of the "Wojsko" (name applied to the combined military forces of Poland) is estimated at 140,693 active troops, with 450,000 reservists. The Army is the largest formation with 93,570 members, followed by the Air Force - 31,147, and Navy - 15,976. Honor i Ojczyzna (Honor and Fatherland) are intrinsic and proud watch-words of the Wojsko.
The main, basic mission of the Wojsko is to protect the Polish people and to defend the borders and integrity of the Republic of Poland. The military forces can, and have, been ordered to participate in crisis response operations (natural disasters, humanitarian aid, etc.), international military coalition deployments, and United Nations global peacekeeping missions. Poland is now a full-fledged member of NATO and participates actively in the organization's strategic planning and military maneuvers. The Wojsko is presently engaged with other allied coalition forces in Afghanistan and Iraq, serving to restore order and bring peace to these war-torn and troubled countries. All of the noble, brave and selfless missions world-wide ever undertaken by the Wojsko, and all historic Polish freedom fighters, immediately brings to mind Poland's venerable call to arms and patriotic rallying cry - For Your Freedom and Ours.