A leading dignitary from Poland has paid a visit to the new Polish Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum at Alrewas near Lichfield.
Wlodzimierz Fisiak, the Marshall of Lodz in Poland, also visited the city as part of a trip organised by the West Midlands Regional Assembly.
Councillor David Smith, Leader of Lichfield District Council, welcomed Mr Fisiak who embarked on a guided tour of the city, taking in Lichfield Cathedral, the Samuel Johnson Birthplace Museum, Erasmus Darwin House and other key attractions.
The Marshall then visited the new Polish Armed Forces Memorial, which was officially unveiled on September 19.
Cllr Smith, said:
“It was a great honour to welcome such an important guest to Lichfield, and we have thoroughly enjoyed introducing him to our beautiful district.
“I first met the Marshall in 2006 when I visited Poland to sign a letter of intent to develop inter-regional cooperation between the West Midlands and the region of Lodz. Our aim is that by working closely together, we can help to boost local and regional businesses by encouraging cross trade, investment and development, as well as creating strong tourism links.
“This trip was made even more special by a visit to the breathtaking new Polish Armed Forces Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum which was unveiled this month.”
During the visit, Mr Wlodzimierz Fisiak also met with business leaders at Birmingham Airport to discuss building strong business links, as well as students and staff at Coventry University, where a number of ongoing partnership projects are underway.
Mr Fisiak said:
“This is my first trip to England and I have been warmly welcomed everywhere I have gone. I very much enjoyed visiting Lichfield and only regret that I didn’t have longer to explore this beautiful city and surrounding district.
“It was an honour and incredibly touching to lay a wreath at the Polish Armed Forces Memorial, which is a stunning tribute to all those brave Polish nationals who served and died during the Second World War.”
During the visit Cllr Smith presented Mr Fisiak with an Arthur Price of England silver framed photograph, which was taken during his visit to the National Memorial Arboretum.