Giant chocolate white eagle in downtown Warsaw marks Poland's day of national symbols

A giant white eagle made of chocolate has been placed in front of the Presidential Palace in Warsaw to mark democratic Poland's young national holiday.

The holiday was introduced in 2004 as the Day of the National Flag, but also celebrates other national symbols, including the white eagle. The day celebrates Poland's sovereignty after four decades of communist rule that ended peacefully in 1989.

The 500-kilogram (1,100-pound) sculpture is the work of Poland's leading chocolate maker Janusz Profus, and was unveiled during a downtown march marking the holiday.

President Bronislaw Komorowski told a crowd in front of the palace that a free Poland is everybody's dream come true and everybody should rejoice on this national day.