President of Poland Andrzej Duda visited Katowice yesterday where in the honorary assistance of the Polish Army soldiers he laid flowers to the monuments of Wojciech Korfanty and Marshal Józef Piłsudzki, paying tribute to those who contributed in the second and third decade of the twentieth century in returning part of Upper Silesia to Poland.
President Andrzej Duda was greeted by the Silesian vovoideship governor Jarosław Wieczorek, vice-governors Jan Chrząszcz and Mariusz Trepka, sports minister Witold Bańka and the president of Katowice – Marcin Krupa.
President of Poland Andrzej Duda visited also the building of the Silesian Regional Office, where he watch the exhibition titled “White Eagle flew into Silesia”, prepared by the Museum of Silesian Uprisings in Siemianowice. The exhibition tells the story of three Silesian uprisings – in 1919, 1920 and 1921, the plebiscite in Upper Silesia in 1921, and the process of determining borders and welcoming the Polish Army in Silesia ground. President Andrzej Duda visited also the historic Hall of Silesian Parliament.
The president also met with the initiators of the creation of Silesian Uprisings Archives – dr. Andrzej Krzystyniak, deputy director of the Department of Foreigners and Civil Affairs in Silesian Regional Office and historian – Wojciech Kemp – about the concept of research institute.
On June 20th 1922, Polish army under the command of General Stanislaw Szeptycki entered eastern part of Silesia officially crowning the efforts of Silesians to join back with the Republic of Poland. For this occasion Silesians built 12 triumphal gates in 12 Silesian cities. Celebrations associated with the reconnection of Silesia to Poland were also organized in Krakow, Warsaw and Poznan. Reconnection of Upper Silesia to Poland during the Second Republic was an important event not only for the Upper Silesia region, which after more than 600 years was recombined with the Motherland, but he also had great importance for the rebirth of the Polish state. On 26-27 August 1922, the Governor Jozef Rymer undertook Marshal Jozef Pilsudski in Katowice, who decorated Silesian partisans with Order of Military Virtue.
President Andrzej Duda also visited Tychy and Bieruń, where he met with the residents of these cities in the company of the Silesian province governor Jaroslaw Wieczorek.