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 Nov 10 2021

Narodowe Święto Niepodległości and the Open’er Festival in Gdynia, Poland

Narodowe Święto Niepodległości is the National Day of Poland, celebrated on November 11, to commemorate the anniversary of the restoration of Poland's sovereignty in 1918.

Few people know that Poland actually disappeared from world maps for 123 years. From 1772, Poland was under attack by Russia, Prussia and Austria, which resulted in Poland being partitioned into three pieces. Due to their perseverance and dedicated fight, Poles finally regained their independence at the end of World War I.

Polish Indepence Day is largely celebrated in Warsaw on Pilsudski Square by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the President of Poland presides over a military parade formed by Polish armed forces. Flags are displayed and political speeches are held throughout the country.

Starszy chorąży sztabowy marynarki (Master Chief Petty Officer, OR-9) Mirosław Rosiński joined the Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) in 2018, right from the start. He is a watchkeeper in the Joint Operations Center, the heart of JSEC. As such, he is responsible for monitoring all relevant events and responding to them appropriately, which directly affects operational level decisions in the command.

He and his family (his wife and five children) are from Gdynia, one of the most underrated places in Poland, always overshadowed by the more popular places nearby. However, it is definitely not just a quiet place to live for families and seniors. Gdynia offers crazy festivals that are definitely worth exploring.

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The most recognizable and international festival is the Open'er Festival in the suburbs of Gdynia. This huge music festival which takes place in the city since 2003. Every summer it hosts the biggest stars of various music genres, such as Coldplay, Pearl Jam, Bruno Mars, Depeche Mode, Pink, Rihanna and many, many more.

My summer garden is less than a kilometer from the main stage

 Mirosław and his family are lucky enough to live in this beautiful seaside resort and every year they can listen to good music and see the stars who visit their city. "My summer garden is less than a kilometer from the main stage," he explained, "so I have a good place to observe the various events taking place during the festival day and night - live music, fireworks and art performances that have accompanied this event for many years."

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Unfortunately, the weather often plays tricks during the festival - heavy rain in early July is a quite common weather in this area. Therefore, the international music fans have a lot of fun in collective mud baths during the festival days - they certainly add to the uniqueness of this festival.

Quite often, the Open'er is compared with the famous Woodstock Festival back in the Sixties. To understand the spirit of the festival, you have to go there. At least once in your life. There are never enough words to describe it.

Story by Joint Support and Enabling Command

March
Polish Indepence Day is largely celebrated in Warsaw on Pilsudski Square by the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, where the President of Poland presides over a military parade formed by Polish armed forces.
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Starszy chorąży sztabowy marynarki (Master Chief Petty Officer, OR-9) Mirosław Rosiński joined the Joint Support and Enabling Command (JSEC) in 2018, right from the start. He is a watchkeeper in the Joint Operations Center, the heart of JSEC.
Artists
The Line-Up of the Open'er Festival 2022 attracts fans from all around the world. Due to the COVID-19 restrictions, the Festivals in 2020 and 2021 were postponed to 2022.

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