President attends Cadet Day commemorations

President Andrzej Duda attended Cadet Day commemorations, traditionally held on November 29th, the anniversary of Poland's 1830-31 November Uprising against the Russian Empire, which was initiated by Polish military cadets.

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In his address in front of Warsaw's Belwedere Palace, Duda observed that generations of Poles had been unable to experience their country's full independence, nor today's undisturbed 30 years of freedom.

"Many generations of Poles were not able to experience Poland as it is today, a Poland that is a member of strong international alliances, located in a united Europe, a country that is rapidly developing and becoming increasingly affluent.”

Addressing young soldiers gathered at the celebrations, the President set forth responsibilities for current and future generations: "Poland still needs us to show great responsibility in building and strengthening the country, but most of all in maintaining our great traditions, our culture, our ethos, our Polish identity, which has prevailed, unbroken for over 1,050 years."

The November Uprising broke out on November 29, 1830, when a group of non-commissioned officers at Warsaw's Infantry Cadet School attacked the Belwedere - the headquarters of the Polish Army's Russian leadership. In total, close to 54,000 Polish soldiers fought against a 115,000-strong Russian Army for over a year. The fall of the uprising in 1831 was followed by a wave of repression against its participants, deportations to Siberia and resulted in a drastic decline in the autonomy of the Russian-controlled Kingdom of Poland.