During a performance in Sopot, Poland, Elton John will be honored with the Medal of Gratitude. The honor commemorates Elton's support for Poland's anti-communist movement during the 1980s, including when he publicly praised resistance leader and future president Lech Walesa during performances in Poland, despite the illegality of such pronouncements.
While in Poland, Elton visited Walesa in his apartment, where the pair shared a bottle of champagne.
"Elton John came here and gave us the support we needed when we were living in a police state where people were getting beaten up and killed like in George Orwell's 1984," stated Magdalena Charkin-Jaszcza of the European Solidarity Center, according to the Daily Mail.
Charkin-Jaszcza added that the award is given to "foreigners who helped Poland during its long struggle for freedom."
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