Combine the legend of the Polish Eagle With the christening of Poland, and we get the origin of the colours of Poland’s national flag. The legend states that the first settlers of Poland saw a white eagle landing in front of a red sunset and use that as a sign that they should settle there (in what is present-day Gniezno). Polish national flag over the heads of people gathered at the Castle Square in Warsaw on the day of the Polish Independence Day. According to polls, about one out of three Poles say they own a Poland flag, and about one out of four fly it on national holidays. Such public display of patriotism is much more common in western Poland, especially in Greater Poland, than in other parts of the country.
Members of uniformed services stand at attention; if their uniform includes headgear and they are not standing in an organised group, they also perform the two-finger salute. Flags in Poland are used according to a customary, rather than legal, flag protocol. Apart from the obligation to treat the flag with due respect, Polish law does not offer a detailed code of correct usage of the Polish flag. Poland is a parliamentary republic with a head of government – the prime minister – and a head of state – the president.
Throughout Europe and North Africa, soldiers raised the flagover many battlefieldsafter an allied victory where Poles played a significant role. During the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939, the Polish Army, Navy and Airforce usedlittle to no red or whiteon their uniforms, as you can see below. To prevent the Polish Navy from the incorrectly using it, aPolish Eagle was placed in the middle of the white stripeto show which way is up clearly. For disposal,it must be ripped in half, separating the colours, and then burned. Britannica is the ultimate student resource for key school subjects like history, government, literature, and more.
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