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Poland's national flags and pictures of Lech Walesa leading the 1980 strike that gave rise to the Solidarity freedom movement, and of Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki flashing a V-sign in 1989 are on display in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on the eve of a visit by President Obama and other European leaders who will attend celebrations marking 25 years of Poland's democracy. (Associated Press)

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For Nobel Peace Prize laureate Lech Walesa, the greatest wonder is how Poland saw the departure of the Red Army under his presidency, after decades of domination. He rejoices at Poland's hard-won democracy, but wishes he had achieved more: a more effective state, equal opportunity and welfare for all, greater success in bringing communists to account. "When I see how much we have spoiled, how careless we were, how much injustice we have caused, then I am displeased," said Walesa. (Associated Press)

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Poland's national flags and pictures of Lech Walesa leading the 1980 strike that gave rise to the Solidarity freedom movement, and of Prime Minister Tadeusz Mazowiecki flashing a V-sign in 1989 are on display in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw on the eve of a visit by President Obama and other European leaders who will attend celebrations marking 25 years of Poland's democracy. (Associated Press)

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FILE - This photo made Thursday, May 1, 2014, shows former Polish president Lech Walesa in Warsaw, Poland. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, has named Walesa and the late South African leader Nelson Mandela as International Freedom Conductors. The 2014 awards will be presented Aug. 23 in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

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Former Polish President Lech Walesa attends a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, on the eve of a three-day meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

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Former Polish President Lech Walesa attends a news conference in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013, on the eve of a three-day meeting of Nobel Peace Prize laureates. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)