On 11 November Poland celebrates its Independence Day. On this very day Polish people remember events of 11 November 1918, when the First World War ended, and Poland regained its sovereignty after 123 years.  The Joint Force Training Centre (JFTC), together with all NATO units based in Bydgoszcz, observed the Host Nation Poland’s Independence Day on 8 November.

The Polish Independence Day Run at the JFTC compound has already become an annual tradition. Today, more than 70 soldiers and civilians serving in local NATO units, including Major General Adam Joks, JFTC Commander, took the challenge and competed in a 3-kilometer run.

Congratulations to all, especially to winners who were awarded during a small ceremony later that day.

After a sports rivalry in the morning, a military ceremony, led by JFTC Commander and Polish Senior National Representative was held at the JFTC flag square, where members of the Bydgoszcz NATO family gathered in honour of the occasion.

The celebrations concluded with a reception, where guests had an opportunity to taste various specialties of Polish cuisine.


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