Polish President Andrzej Duda praised the sacrifice of scouts for Poland's independence on the occasion of World Thinking Day, an international scouting holiday, observed on Friday.
“Polish scouts did much to regain independence,” the president said during a meeting with scouts at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw. “They died to regain and keep it.”
The president, who is the honorary protector of the Polish scouts, awarded centenary medals to representatives of scouting organisations at the meeting. “The scouting movement as such should be granted a medal for regaining independence because scouts contributed to that,” the president noted. He thanked scouts from the Polish diaspora who had travelled to Warsaw from Lithuania, Ukraine and the US.
Prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki also expressed warm wishes to scouts and guides.
“Scouting, like no other formation, teaches the values of patriotism, devotion and common work for the greater good,” the head of government wrote on Twitter. “I wish all scouts and guides a joyful World Thinking Day holiday. Be prepared!” he wrote, recalling the scouting motto that has been in use for more than a century.
World Thinking Day is a scouting holiday and falls on the birthday of scouting founder and British army officer Lieutenant General Robert Baden-Powell.