September 17th was a grim day in history for Poland and lovers of freedom everywhere. On September 17th, 1939, the Soviet Union invaded Poland. Poland was already reeling from the German attack and start of World War II just a few weeks earlier. Using the secret protocols/map of the Ribbentrop-Molotov Pact–signed only a month earlier–the Soviet Union invaded Poland from the east. As a result, Poland was effectively divided between the Soviets and the Nazis, generally along the Curzon line. Poland would not emerge as a truly free country, free from Soviet/Russian domination for another 54 years.
It’s a sad story, and one the world often forgets. You can read more here: http://www.17september1939.com/. But, more importantly, never forget. A free Poland is vital to all of Europe. For hundreds of years, Poland was the savior of Europe, a powerhouse. Today she continues as a shining beacon of freedom and an example to freedom-loving people everywhere. Never forget!