Troops march on Armed Forces Day
PR dla Zagranicy
Poland celebrated 'Polish Armed Forces Day', Thursday, with parades and ceremonies in the capital in memory of an historic victory over the Red Army in the 1920 Battle of Warsaw.
photos: PAP Jakub Kamiński
15 August is also the Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and a national holiday in Poland.
Members of Poland's armed forces, some dressed in period uniform dating back to 1920 - when Poland won a noted victory over forces of the Soviet Union, known as the 'Miracle of the Vistula' – marched through the centre of the city, accompanied by tanks and other military vehicles.
Earlier President Bronislaw Komorowski took part in a mass at Warsaw's Church of Our Lady Queen of the Polish Crown, the field cathedral of the Polish army.
Komorowski then lead a ceremony at the Presidential Palace, where colonels were promoted to the rank of general.
The pageantry continued with a ceremony at midday on Pilsudski Square, by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. (pg)