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Hundreds of troops, dozens of aircraft and missile launchers in Poland's major military parade

  • Polish army soldiers salute as tanks roll on one of the city's main streets during a military parade celebrating the Polish Army Day in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)

    Polish army soldiers salute as tanks roll on one of the city's main streets during a military parade celebrating the Polish Army Day in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Czarek Sokolowski)  (The Associated Press)

  • Polish President Andrzej Duda, center, reviews troops prior to a military parade celebrating the Polish Army Day in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Polish President Andrzej Duda, center, reviews troops prior to a military parade celebrating the Polish Army Day in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

  • Soldiers from the U.S. and Canada currently training in Poland march during a military parade celebrating the Polish Army Day in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)

    Soldiers from the U.S. and Canada currently training in Poland march during a military parade celebrating the Polish Army Day in Warsaw, Poland, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz)  (The Associated Press)

Dozens of fighter jets soared, tanks rumbled and hundreds of troops marched in a Polish military parade, a show of force on the national armed forces' holiday.

Poland's new President Andrzej Duda received the parade in downtown Warsaw on Saturday, along with Prime Minister Ewa Kopacz and Defense Minister Tomasza Siemoniak.

Duda, who took office Aug.6, says he wants to strengthen Poland's armed forces and raise NATO presence as a deterrent in face of a resurgent Russia and an armed conflict in neighboring Ukraine.

F-16 and MiG-29 fighters flew overhead, while Rosomak and Stryker armored vehicles and Langusta missile launchers rumbled through downtown Warsaw. U.S. and Canadian troops also participated.

The Aug. 15 holiday marks Poland's victory over Russian Bolsheviks in 1920 near Warsaw.