Wednesday, 18 October 2023 12:28

Polish Naval Academy ceremonial guard in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw

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On Sunday, October 9, 2022, at 12:00, the Ceremonial Changing of the Honorary Post took place 

in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Marshal Józef Piłsudski Square in Warsaw.

During the ceremony, the honorary assistance was provided by a unit representing the Polish Naval Academy. This is a special distinction for the cadets who could represent the PNA in such a unique place for Polish people. During the ceremony, numerous residents of Warsaw and tourists could learn about the history of our university on its 100th anniversary. The officer changing the guards at the honorary post was Lt. Marek PAZDA. Composition of the honorary post: senior mar. cadet Jakub FRANAS, senior mar. cadet Jakub WIERUCKI, senior mar. cadet Rafał WITCZAK, senior mar. cadet Maciej MARZEION. The musical setting for the ceremony was provided by musicians from the Representative Orchestra of Polish Army. For the cadets, apart from the ceremonial and sublime participation in the ceremony, it was a kind of history lesson, learning about the proud traditions of Polish weapons and referring to the memory of our predecessors.

At this symbolic place of national memory, guard duty is performed 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, with shifts at the post. The guard of honor is performed by a two-person guard of soldiers from the Representative Regiment of the Polish Army. The ceremonial setting only accompanies the Sunday shift, which always begins at noon.

The Warsaw Tomb of the Unknown Soldier was unveiled on November 2, 1925. On that day, the remains of the Unknown Soldier from the Łuczakowski Cemetery in Lviv and urns with soil from the battlefields of World War I were placed there. The symbolism of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is to pay tribute to all who sacrificed their lives for their homeland. The grave is considered one of the national imponderables, symbolizing the greatest sacrifice.