On November the 12th 2021, NATO Rapid Deployable Corps Greece (NRDC-GR) held an official ceremony at its premises for the celebration of the Polish Independence Day.
NRDC-GR Commander Lieutenant General Anastasios SPANOS was absent due to national obligation. Deputy Commander Major General (BGR A) Ivan ORTOMAROV welcomed the Ambassador of the Republic of Poland in Greece, Mr. Artur LOMPART, who was accompanied by the General Consul of the Republic of Poland in Greece, Mr. Slawomir PYL and the Military Attaché, Colonel (POL A) Jan KURDZIALEK. The Deputy Commander congratulated the Polish representatives for the occasion, wished them all the best and thanked the distinguished guests for honoring the event with their presence. The Ambassador thanked the Commander for having the opportunity to celebrate in NRDC-GR HQ and also expressed his gratitude to all the military personnel for their service, since this allows civilians to live in peace.
The Polish Senior National Representative at NRDC-GR, Lieutenant Colonel (POL A) Piotr BARAN, referred to the meaning of the day; the 103rd anniversary of Polish Independence and the merit of the great Marshal Jozef PIUSLSUDSKI the "father" of the Second Polish Republic.. He also stressed that freedom must not be taken as granted and continuous awareness, responsibility and strive are needed.. The C' Corps Military Band played not only the Greek and Polish National Anthems but also the "First Brigade"; a Polish Military March.
The ceremony concluded with a small reception that took place at HQ premises. During the event, all the respective COVID-19 pandemic protocols were implemented and the protective measures were followed.