On Poland’s Independence Day, celebrated annually on November 11th, President Andrzej Duda of Poland bestows various awards to individuals with outstanding achievements for the nation, spanning diverse fields such as arts, history, and religion. Among these accolades is one reserved for foreigners, presented at various levels of distinction. IWP professor Dr. Joshua Muravchik has been awarded the highest level of this honor, known as the Grand Cross of the Order of Merit.
Previous recipients of this prestigious award include Queen Elizabeth and Ronald Reagan, among others.
This award symbolizes recognition for Dr. Muravchik’s contributions to Poland’s journey towards freedom and democracy. In the 1980s, Dr. Muravchik supported Poland’s courageous fight for liberation from the shackles of Communism.
In the 1990s, Dr. Muravchik continued to advocate for Poland’s integration into the community of democratic nations, particularly through its admission to NATO. He contributed to shaping Poland’s trajectory towards liberty and security.
Dr. Muravchik’s efforts in supporting Poland’s fight for freedom and subsequent admission to NATO have left an indelible mark on history. This prestigious honor is a testament to his unwavering dedication and serves as a beacon of inspiration for all who strive to make a difference in the world.
The award ceremony may be seen below, from 17:15 to 18:30: