The 80th anniversary of the beginning of World War II is commemorated in Poland.
The memorial was held without the presence of US President Donald Trump, who canceled a visit to Poland because of the Dorian hurricane that is threatening the southern states of the American continent and without the participation of his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin, not invited by the Warsaw government.
At Pilsduski Square, German President Frank Steinmeier said as he spoke in front of the unknown soldier’s monument: “I bow before the pain of the victims and apologize for Germany’s historical mistakes. We are in eternal responsible solitude.
On behalf of Allied forces that fought Europe against Nazi fascism, US Vice President Mike Pence said, “Today we remember how the tensions of the 20th century turned into war and occupation and how the Polish people coped with heroism and selflessness.”
Despite the shortages, more than 40 foreign delegations attended the commemoration, including European Council President Donald Tusk, recently invited as a former Polish prime minister.
The official program, in the presence of international leaders, continued with the parade of the “Guard of Honor” in front of the tomb of the unknown soldier and the inauguration of the bell dedicated to “Remembrance and Warning”, which with its sounds will always remember war victims.