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Symbols of Remembrance

The Institute of National Remembrance would like to remind our readers about some of the symbols associated with the fate of Poland and Poles in the 20th century.

For several years, as part of educational campaigns, the Institute of National Remembrance has been issuing symbols of remembrance - special commemorative badges referring to the most important events and figures from Poland’s recent history.

The "For loyal service" in the First Brigade of Józef Piłsudski pin, the emblem of Fighting Poland, the Katyn button or the gorget belonging to Lieutenant Franciszek Majewski alias "Słony", to enumerate  just a few symbols through which the Institute of National Remembrance reminds us of the struggle and fights for Polish independence.

Each pin tells its own story about heroism, patriotism and the sacrifice of heroes devoted to the Polish cause.

 

  • Independence Day in Poland, photo Sławek Kasper
    Independence Day in Poland, photo Sławek Kasper
  • A pin issued on the centenary of the formation of the Polish Army in France
Modelled on the officer’s badge of the Polish Army in France authored  by Xawery Dunikowski
    A pin issued on the centenary of the formation of the Polish Army in France. Modelled on the officer’s badge of the Polish Army in France authored by Xawery Dunikowski
  • A pin issued on the 95th anniversary of incorporating the Upper Silesia region to the Republic of Poland
    A pin issued on the 95th anniversary of incorporating the Upper Silesia region to the Republic of Poland
  • A pin commemorating the victims of the NKVD anti-
Polish operation of 1937-1938  issued on the 80th anniversary of these events
    A pin commemorating the victims of the NKVD anti- Polish operation of 1937-1938 issued on the 80th anniversary of these events
  • A pin with the emblem „Fighting Poland”
issued on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the 
Polish Underground State
    A pin with the emblem „Fighting Poland” issued on the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the Polish Underground State
  • A replica of a button fund in Katyn
issued by the National Center of Culture in 2007 as part of an educational campaign in cooperation with the IPN
    A replica of a button fund in Katyn issued by the National Center of Culture in 2007 as part of an educational campaign in cooperation with the IPN
  • A miniature  replica the gorget belonging to Lieutenant Franciszek Majewski alias Słony 
issued on the 65th anniversary of the execution of the leaders of the 
Polish independence underground
    A miniature replica the gorget belonging to Lieutenant Franciszek Majewski alias Słony issued on the 65th anniversary of the execution of the leaders of the Polish independence underground
  • The „Solidarity” pin 
issued on the 35th anniversary of its formation
    The „Solidarity” pin issued on the 35th anniversary of its formation
  • The „ Fighting Solidarity” pin 
issued on the 35th anniversary of its formation
    The „ Fighting Solidarity” pin issued on the 35th anniversary of its formation
  • The pin modelled on the "For Faithful Service”  badge of the First Brigade 
issued on the centenary of Poland regaining independence
    The pin modelled on the "For Faithful Service” badge of the First Brigade issued on the centenary of Poland regaining independence
  • A pin modelled on a commemorative badge of the 
First Polish Corps in Russia 
issued on the centenary of the dissolution of the Corps
    A pin modelled on a commemorative bage of the First Polish Corps in Russia issued on the centenary of the dissolution of the Corps
  • A replica of the Cross of the Lwów Defense 
issued on the centenary of these events
    A replica of the Cross of the Lwów Defense issued on the centenary of these events
  • A replica of the commemorative badge of the Greater Poland Army
established by Józef Piłsudski in 1920; issued on the centenary of the outbreak of the Greater Poland Uprising
    A replica of the commemorative badge of the Greater Poland Army established by Józef Piłsudski in 1920; issued on the centenary of the outbreak of the Greater Poland Uprising
  • A replica of the gorget of Our Lady of Ostra Brama
Issued on the 95th anniversary of the incorporation of Vilnius to Poland
    A replica of the gorget of Our Lady of Ostra Brama Issued on the 95th anniversary of the incorporation of Vilnius to Poland
  • A pendant with the image of Our Merciful Lady, the patron of  Warsaw,
issued on the centenary of Poland’s regaining independence
    A pendant with the image of Our Merciful Lady, the patron of Warsaw, issued on the centenary of Poland’s regaining independence
  • A badge modelled on the badge minted on the occasion of the incorporation of Upper Silesia to Poland on 20 June 1922, 
issued on the 95th anniversary of these events
    A badge modelled on the badge minted on the occasion of the incorporation of Upper Silesia to Poland on 20 June 1922, issued on the 95th anniversary of these events
  • A pin modelled on the original commemorative badge of the Border Protection Corps,
issued on the 95th anniversary of its formation
    A pin modelled on the original commemorative badge of the Border Protection Corps, issued on the 95th anniversary of its formation
  • A pin modelled on the badge of the First Armed Division,
issued on the 75th anniversary of the Allies’ landing in Normandy and the battle od Falaise
    A pin modelled on the badge of the First Armed Division, issued on the 75th anniversary of the Allies’ landing in Normandy and the Battle od Falaise
  • A replica of the Parachutists’ Badge of the Home Army,
issued the 80th anniversary of the first landing of the Silent-Unseen soldiers in occupied 
Poland
    A replica of the Parachutists’ Badge of the Home Army, issued the 80th anniversary of the first landing of the Silent-Unseen soldiers in occupied Poland
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