On Thursday, 2 March, a ceremony will be held to unveil a mural inspired by the artwork that won 1st place in the nationwide competition ‘Mission: Free Poland.’ The mural was created at the Silesian Land Lovers Primary School No. 1 in Świętochłowice (Silesian Voivodeship). The competition was held as part of the educational campaign accompanying the project to bring the remains of three Polish Presidents in exile from England to Poland.
The competition to create a graphic design for the mural was addressed to senior primary and secondary school pupils of all schools in Poland and to young people aged 11 to 18 in the case of Polish schools abroad.
The mural was based on an idea by eighth-grade students from a Świętochłowice primary school: Natalia Dudek and Zuzanna Jagiełło.
Polish Presidents’ remains brought to Poland in honor of 100th anniversary
The existence of the Polish government and the activities of the Polish Presidents in exile gave Poles hope that their homeland would finally regain its freedom after the hard years of occupation and totalitarianism. The office was held successively by Władysław Raczkiewicz, August Zaleski, Stanisław Ostrowski, Edward Raczyński, Kazimierz Sabbat and Ryszard Kaczorowski.
On 12 November 2022, the remains of the first three Presidents of the Republic of Poland in Exile were brought to Poland. They were buried in the newly created Mausoleum of the Presidents of the Republic of Poland in Exile at the Temple of Divine Providence in Warsaw. Right next to the Mausoleum, a Memorial Chamber dedicated to them was created. Bringing the remains of the Presidents of the Republic of Poland in Exile to Poland crowned the celebrations of the 100th anniversary of Poland’s regaining independence.
“Mission: Free Poland”
The project was under the National Patronage of the President of the Republic of Poland, Andrzej Duda, on the Centenary of Regaining Independence, and the Honorary Patronage of the Prime Minister, Mateusz Morawiecki.
The Foundation “Aid to Poles in the East” in cooperation with the Chancellery of the Prime Minister, the Institute of National Remembrance, the Divine Providence Centre, the Ministry of National Defence, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Office of the “Niepodległa” Programme carried out the project. The information and education campaign “Mission: Free Poland” accompanied it.