A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division sits in a tank that is part of a static display during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. U.S. participation in the ceremony was to honor Poland’s past, as well as show commitment to the future with Poland as allies. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
1 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to 2nd Battalion, 69th Armor Regiment, 3rd Infantry Division sits in a tank that is part of a static display during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. U.S. participation in the ceremony was to honor Poland’s past, as well as show commitment to the future with Poland as allies. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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Polish attendees look at a U.S. Army M1 Abrams tank at a static display during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. U.S. participation in the ceremony was to honor Poland’s past, as well as show commitment to the future with Poland as allies. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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A boy pushes his bicycle in front of tanks, which are part of a static display, during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. U.S. participation in the ceremony was to honor Poland’s past, as well as show commitment to the future with Poland as allies. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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A U.S. Army Soldier assigned to enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland speaks to an attendee at a static display during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. U.S. participation in the ceremony was to honor Poland’s past, as well as show commitment to the future with Poland as allies. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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Croatian, Romanian, U.K., and U.S. Soldiers assigned to NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland pose for a photo with Polish flags in front of equipment displays during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The U.S. continues to work with its Polish and NATO eFP partners to maintain security and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
5 / 17 Show Caption + Hide Caption – Croatian, Romanian, U.K., and U.S. Soldiers assigned to NATO enhanced Forward Presence Battle Group Poland pose for a photo with Polish flags in front of equipment displays during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The U.S. continues to work with its Polish and NATO eFP partners to maintain security and stability in the region. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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A Polish army reenactment group marches during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The ceremonies recognized the skill, determination, and hard-fought victory of the Polish defenders in its decisive battle a century ago. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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Polish Air Force planes fly overhead during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The ceremonies recognized the skill, determination, and hard-fought victory of the Polish defenders in its decisive battle a century ago. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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U.S. Air Force F-16s fly overhead during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The ceremonies recognized the skill, determination, and hard-fought victory of the Polish defenders in its decisive battle a century ago. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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A girl waves a Polish flag during events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The ceremonies recognized the skill, determination, and hard-fought victory of the Polish defenders in its decisive battle a century ago. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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A man holds an American and Polish flag during an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The ceremonies recognized the skill, determination, and hard-fought victory of the Polish defenders in its decisive battle a century ago. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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A man holds a photo of a Polish Soldier during an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The ceremonies recognized the skill, determination, and hard-fought victory of the Polish defenders in its decisive battle a century ago. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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Polish service members march while carrying a Polish flag during an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The ceremonies recognized the skill, determination, and hard-fought victory of the Polish defenders in its decisive battle a century ago. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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Polish Land Forces Soldiers march while carrying flags during an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The ceremonies recognized the skill, determination, and hard-fought victory of the Polish defenders in its decisive battle a century ago. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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A Polish service member stands with a wreath at a monument during an event commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw and Armed Forces Day in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The ceremonies recognized the skill, determination, and hard-fought victory of the Polish defenders in its decisive battle a century ago. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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Andrzej Duda, the president of Poland, walks to a wreath laying ceremony at the Battle of Warsaw commemoration and Armed Forces Day celebration in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The ceremonies recognized the skill, determination, and hard-fought victory of the Polish defenders in its decisive battle a century ago. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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A wreath, placed by the president of Poland, sits on top of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020. The ceremony was one event for the Battle of Warsaw commemoration and Armed Forces Day celebrations that recognized the skill, determination, and hard-fought victory of the Polish defenders in its decisive battle a century ago. (U.S. Army photo by Cpl. Justin W. Stafford)
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WARSAW, Poland - At the invitation of the Polish government, Soldiers from U.S. Army Europe who are currently assigned to Poland participated in ceremonies honoring Polish Armed Forces Day and the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Warsaw in Warsaw, Poland, Aug. 15, 2020.

The national holiday falls on the same date as the key victory over Soviet Russia in 1920 during the Polish-Soviet War. Polish President Andrzej Duda, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and the U.S. Army Europe Deputy Commanding General for Army National Guard Maj. Gen. Joseph Jarrard attended.

Soldiers assigned to the 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division from Drawsko Pomorskie Training Area brought a M2 Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle and a M1 Abrams tank to showcase at the static display alongside Polish tanks.

U.S. troops from NATO enhanced forward Presence Battle Group Poland also took part in the static displays by bringing a Stryker Infantry Carrier Vehicle. Croatian, Romanian and U.K. soldiers from the battle group displayed various weapons systems and tactical vehicles of their own too.

With COVID-19 preventive measures in place, the annual celebration looked a little different this year. There was no parade, there were hand sanitizing stations at every static display, and attendees wore masks.

However, Soldiers didn’t have to march in the parade to feel included in the celebration.

According to Staff Sgt. Kevin Antiporta, a tank commander with 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 3rd Infantry Division, being included in the static display and interacting with the Polish military and community was meaningful for him and others.

“I think this is a good experience for younger Soldiers,” Antiporta said about the static display. “What is really unique about the display is that it is pretty rare to see our tanks and theirs lined up next to each other in the capital of Poland."

He added that it was great to see the Polish tanks in person and learn about their specifications from Polish Allies. The ceremony reinforced the U.S. and Poland’s shared goal of continuing to strengthen U.S.-Polish defense relations, NATO unity, and transatlantic security.

Static displays were not the only form of entertainment. The U.S. and Polish Air Force kicked off the main event with a flyover. Polish planes flew over leaving a trail of red and white smoke which formed the Polish flag. A formation of U.S. F-16s followed from Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany.

After the flyover, President Duda addressed formations of Polish service members and the public before laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Pilsudski Square and the Jozef Pilsudski monument.

Duda said it was an important day for people to thank Polish Soldiers, pay tribute to those who died for their homeland and to reflect on the difficult times in the country’s history.

“Thank you for your faithful service to Poland, both in Poland and abroad,” Duda said. “Thank you for being able to stand and fight together with the North Atlantic Alliance.”