"Memory and Caution" - 80 years ago World War II broke out
On September 1, a celebration commemorating the 80th anniversary of World War II took place in front of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Warsaw. Mariusz Błaszczak, the Minister of National Defence, attended state ceremonies with the participation of the President of Poland Andrzej Duda and the Vice President of the USA M. Pence.
- Humanity has not learned enough from that terrible lesson. There are still ethnic cleansing and genocide. That is why we remember such events, such suffering and bestiality so it will never happen again. (...) We honor and pay a great tribute today to all the victims of World War II, we bow deeply and we gratefully kiss the hands of veterans, our wonderful defenders of homelands, those who fought for our freedom and yours on all fronts of the contemporary world - said President Andrzej Duda during the ceremony.
The Vice President of the United States M. Pence who took part in the ceremony reminded about the sacrifice and dedication of Poles, talking about the history of Poland and the world.
- We must remember the heroism of Poles. Their light shone in the dark, and the darkness did not overcome the light. The character, faith and determination of Poles did not allow this. (...) You have never let yourself be overwhelmed by despair, you have never renounced your thousand-year history - said the vice president.
- Today in the heart of Warsaw, standing humbly at the monument to the Unknown Soldier, we have gathered here to bear witness to the courage of the Great Nation, the great spirit of the Great Nation - said Vice President Mike Pence.
The highlight of the anniversary ceremony was the hitting of the bell "Memory and Caution". The army also gave a national salute - 21 gun salute.
At the end of the ceremony, a wreath was laid on the tomb of the Unknown Soldier by joint delegations.