On the Occasion of Poland's Constitution Day

Press Statement
John Kerry
Secretary of State
Washington, DC
May 1, 2014

On behalf of President Obama and the American people, I extend warm wishes to the people of Poland on the 223rd anniversary of your constitution on May 3.

I had the privilege of traveling to Poland as Secretary of State in November. I’ll never forget standing at the gravesite of former Prime Minister Mazowiecki. It was deeply moving to lay a wreath on behalf of the people of the United States in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to the cause of freedom and human rights.

The United States and Poland share a remarkable history. It’s been well over two centuries since George Washington and Casimir Pulaski stood side by side as America was struggling for freedom. And it’s safe to say that our two countries have stood side by side ever since.

Today, Poland is a model of successful democratic transition for many nations and a powerful reminder that investment in democratic institutions creates the conditions for prosperity. We especially appreciate Poland’s support for the people of Ukraine as they move forward on constitutional reform and elections.

As NATO Allies, the U.S.-Poland security partnership is stronger than ever. U.S. and Polish forces train together in Poland and our troops fight together in Afghanistan. As I said during my visit to Poland last year, our strategic partnership remains strong and the U.S. supports Poland’s defense modernization.

As you celebrate Constitution Day, we offer the people of Poland our warmest wishes and look forward to strengthening the Polish-American relationship in the years to come.