On November 10th, 2017, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps - Greece (NRDC-GR) celebrated the National Day of Poland, with a flag raising ceremony which took place in the Headquarters premises, at “Pedion Areos” Camp in Thessaloniki. The event honored with their presence the Commander NRDC-GR, Lieutenant General Dimitrios Bikos, distinguished guests and the entire staff of the HQ.
Lieutenant Colonel Ryszard ROZYCKI, the Senior National Representative (SNR) of Poland, addressed the HQ on the meaning of the day. During his speech, he mentioned “Tomorrow 11th of November my country celebrates the anniversary of the restoration of Poland’s sovereignty as the second Polish Republic in 1918, after 123 years of partition by Russian Empire, the Kingdom of Prussia and the Habsburg Empire. This day is simultaneously a celebration of the re-emergence of a Polish State and a commemoration of those who fought for its freedom for more than thousand years of Poland’s history”.
Furthermore he added “Couple of minutes ago you witnessed Polish Flag raising. The Flag is made of two horizontal stripes. The upper white stripe and the lower red stripe defined in the Polish constitution and stand for a color projection of the National Anthem. The white represents the white eagle and purity of spiritual values while the red represents field of heraldic shield, fire and blood, courage and bravery. The national flag was officially adopted in 1919”.
Concluding his speech the SNR expressed the Polish contingent’s loyalty and commitment to the objectives and goals of the NRDC-GR HQ, his gratitude for serving under NATO flag in a country with such long and great history. Commander of NRDC-GR congratulated the entire Polish contingent for this day and expressed his appreciation for the significant contribution of the Polish staff to all the last years’ successes. The event concluded with a small ceremony in the HQ facilities.