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Soldiers celebrate Polish armed forces

CHICAGO (AP) – The Illinois National Guard has celebrated Polish Armed Forces Day with Mass, a memorial ceremony and a parade in Warsaw.

Soldiers also joined Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski for a reception at the Presidential Palace.

Brig. Gen. Daniel M. Krumrei of Springfield is the Illinois National Guard’s adjutant general. He says it was an especially important year to honor the Polish military because 2013 marks the 20th year of a state partnership program with Poland.

Krumrei says Illinois soldiers and Polish soldiers and airmen have shared expertise and strengthened military capabilities by working together over the past two decades.

Polish Armed Forces Day commemorates the victory of Polish forces in the Battle of Warsaw during the Polish-Soviet War. It was first celebrated on Aug. 15, 1923.

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