The Polish president has led solemn state ceremonies in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier to commemorate 100 years since Poland regained its independence at the end of World War I.
As dozens of world leaders gathered in Paris to mark the end of WWI, President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawecki and other top Polish leaders gathered in central Warsaw to mark the rebirth of the nation on Nov. 11, 1918.
A crowd with Poland’s white-and-red colors sang the national anthem at noon in Warsaw, as a military band played.
Duda gave a speech in which he appealed for national unity.
Elzbieta Walek, 53, said Poland’s independence had to be celebrated and protected at a time of tensions in Europe.