Holidays for Heroes: Veterans kick back by Zegrze Reservoir

Almost 80 war veterans got well-earned rest and relaxation by the banks of the Zegrze Reservoir beauty spot near Warsaw as part of an initiative entitled “Holidays for Heroes” organised by the “Gifts for Heroes” charity organisation.

The veterans came from all over Poland to meet up, get away from loneliness for a while and get a rest at the picturesque lakeside.

“They once served in all factions of the Polish wartime resistance – the Warsaw Uprising insurgents, soldiers from the eastern borderlands, the Peasants’ Battalions, and the National Armed Forces,” Tomasz Sawicki, one of the Holidays for Heroes organisers told Poland’s public broadcaster TVP.

The programme for the veteran’s holidays included games, artistic workshops and medical treatment. The initiative could not have been possible without the support of donors and volunteers.

“Love Poland wholeheartedly, that’s all,” was what Roman Lipiec codename “Adam”, a Warsaw Uprising soldier, recommended to the young, adding “Love for Poland solves everything.”