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U.S. Independence Day Celebrated in Warsaw
   
Some 1,700 guests, among them politicians, businessmen, professionals and military personnel, were invited to this year’s celebrations of U.S. Independence Day in Warsaw, which ended with a spectacular fireworks display.

Americans celebrate their Independence Day all around the world, and it has become a tradition for successive U.S. ambassadors in Poland to hold a 4th of July party at the U.S. embassy residence in Warsaw.

Addressing guests this year, the U.S. ambassador to Poland, Stephen Mull, said that, outside of America, Warsaw was the best place to celebrate American Independence Day, and that it was a great opportunity to show the “American debt of gratitude for our Polish friends who helped win our independence.” Mull added that Poles were with Americans from the beginning of their battle for freedom, similarly as today they are fighting arm in arm with the Americans in Afghanistan.

Polish Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski joined Mull in greeting Polish and American friends on the day. Sikorski said in his speech that “Polish-American relations are the best they have ever been” and that “never before have there been so many American investment projects in Poland, so much trade between the two countries, and Poland never before had American soldiers permanently stationed here and joint NATO maneuvers on Polish soil.”

The celebrations also included a presentation of the Czesław Miłosz Award to journalist Małgorzata Niezabitowska and photographer Tomasz Tomaszewski. The award, presented since 2006, is given out by the American embassy in Poland to those making a special contribution to U.S.-Polish understanding and cooperation. Czesław Miłosz was a Nobel Prize-winning Polish poet and writer who lived abroad after emigrating to France in 1951. Miłosz went to the United States in 1960 and became a U.S. citizen in 1970. From 1961 to 1998 he was a professor at the University of California, Berkeley. He won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1980.

Jolanta Wolska