U.S. Embassy Warsaw Defense Attaché Colonel John Downey participated in the opening of the newly established General Patton Boulevard in Warsaw during a ceremony on August 16, alongside Warsaw’s Deputy Mayor Renata Kaznowska and other distinguished guests. Troops from the United States 2nd Squadron, 2nd Cavalry Regiment—the same unit which General Patton commanded toward the end of World War II—also participated in the ceremony.
During his remarks at the ceremony, Col. Downey highlighted General Patton’s famous statement regarding the professionalism of Polish troops, which he claimed were superior to American or British forces at the time. Along with City of Warsaw officials, Col. Downey unveiled a plaque honoring General Patton’s career in Europe. Pedestrians can find the newly constructed pedestrian zone and the plaque near the Copernicus Science Center along the Vistula River. Troops from Poland, Great Britain and Romania were also present at the ceremony.