Today is a good day to celebrate if you are a Polish Polonian - :) and more than 1000 years of Polish Armed Forces
sadly, the current government felt it was not appropriate to celebrate this Armed Forces Feast Day with a military parade in Warsaw, with Polish Armed Forces respective representational units marching in the capital city, and hundreds or even thousands of reenactors did not march either, like they did in years prior, with yours truly in 2016.
and we reminisce about the Polish Armed Forces more then a millennium long tradition with Michalowski's painting showing our good king (then still official but a Piast prince) Boleslaw I Chrobry entering Kiev/Kyiv on August 14, 1018.
Polish king came to help his son-in-law prince Sviatopolk I of Kiev against their enemy prince Yaroslav. Our king Boleslaw's Kiev Expedition was a grand success and brought lots of plunder and booty, including princes Predslava, his new wife in common. With Boleslav's entry into the capital of Kievan Rus comes the origin legend of our Crown sword, Szczerbiec,
where Boleslav was to chip his sword against the Kiev's Golden Gate. Jan Matejko also painted a canvass showing this moment of Polish Piast ruler triumph.
Poland Piast realm under Boleslaw I Chrobry (the Brave)
and today is also the anniversary of the beginning of the famous battle of Warsaw 1920 and in this painting by Michalowski we have a Polish peasant on horseback. It was the peasant leader and prime minister Wicenty Witos who addressed and called upon our Polish farmers and peasants to defend the Homeland against the bolsheviks in 1920. Thus finally Polish peasants were officially acknowledged as the defenders of Poland reborn. The defend they did. But new Poland did not repay their defenders back, but that is a story for another day.