By Polish Army Capt. Dariusz Guzenda
GHAZNI PROVINCE, Afghanistan – Ninety three years ago, after 123 years of slavery, a free and independent Poland again appeared on the map of Europe.
In Ghazni province, Polish and American troops celebrated Polish Independence Day, Nov. 11. Although a normal working day, from morning held a festive spirit.
“When the 1st World War again caused the Polish question, the new spirit joined in the Poles. After years of obscurity and hopelessness, their hearts and minds came alive,” said Polish Brig. Gen. Peter Blazeusz, commander, TF White Eagle. “And most important – they turned into action. Their determination and will to win led to a success.”
“But the unprecedented enthusiasm of our ancestors should also provide us, inspiring people to action and arousing pride in the fact that we are Poles, that we have such a rich heritage and that we will continue the work of (our) countrymen,” he said.
Polish soldiers started their day with a 2600 meter Independence Race. The short distance challenged race competitors, and the results were worthy of envy.
Polish chaplain, Father George Niedzielski, celebrated Mass for the Polish homeland and dedicated the Ghazni base chapel to the Divine Mercy.
Troops appreciated the home-style touch of Polish recipes. Despite the good food served in the Polish bases throughout the province, the soldiers always dream about chop with potatoes and salad.