President Andrzej Duda in Wieluń, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Westerplatte – the 82nd anniversary of the outbreak of World War II began at 4:30. At. Alarm sirens sounded at 4:40 in Wieluń. At noon, at Obrońców Poczty Polskiej Square in Gdańsk, a solemn mass for the intention of the fallen postmen will be celebrated, combined with an interfaith prayer – the mayor of the city, Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, will participate.
Today is the 82nd anniversary of the outbreak of World War II. At 4.30 am, the anniversary celebrations with the participation of President Duda began in Wieluń.
Wieluń was one of the first cities to be hit by German bombs on 1 September. From 4.40. to the 14th, 380 bombs with a total weight of 46 tons fell on the city. According to various sources, from 1,200 to more than 2,000 died then. people. 75 percent were left in ruins. urban development. According to historians, the city was bombed to test equipment and intimidate the civilian population.
Before At 4.45, the anniversary celebrations at Westerplatte also began with the participation of the highest state authorities: Marshal of the Sejm Elżbieta Witek, Marshal of the Senate Tomasz Grodzki, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Minister of National Defense Mariusz Błaszczak.
– The Second World War began with the German attack on Poland. This attack was a consequence of the alliance between Hitler and Stalin. On September 17, 1939, Bolshevik Russia stabbed the defending Poland in the back, attacking our homeland, Minister Blaszczak told Westerplatte.
– These events were followed by a time of cruel occupation, a time of using terror, both by the German and Russian occupiers. An example of an act of terror is the execution in Palmiry carried out on the Polish elite by the German occupier, or Katyn – the murder of 21,000 Polish officers, soldiers and policemen with a shot in the back of the head by the Russian invader – added the head of the Ministry of Defense.
Celebrations on the 82nd anniversary of the outbreak of World War II
Then around 6. a ceremony of laying flowers in front of the monument commemorating the bombed synagogue and laying a wreath in front of the monument commemorating the bombing of the hospital in Wieluń. All the saints.
In Gdańsk at 9. the ceremony will be held at the plaque on the building of the Railway Directorate commemorating the scoutmaster Jan Ożdżyński. The next point of the celebration will be the laying of wreaths and lighting candles at the plaque on the Victoriaschule building.
A solemn mass at the Obroncow Poczty Polskiej square
At noon, at Obroncow Poczty Polskiej Square, a solemn mass for the intention of the fallen postmen will be celebrated, combined with an interfaith prayer. The president of Gdańsk, Aleksandra Dulkiewicz, and the president of the Institute of National Remembrance, Karol Nawrocki, will take part in it.
At. 17, on the reconstructed foundations of the parish church in Wieluń, a mass will be celebrated under the chairmanship of Archbishop Wacław Depo. The main part of the state ceremonies organized by the Polish Army will start in front of the Monument to the Coastal Defenders. Speeches by the Marshal of the Sejm, the head of the government and the minister of defense are scheduled. On the other hand, flowers will be laid at the Cemetery of the Victims of Hitlerism in Gdańsk Zaspa – prayers and speeches will also be provided during the ceremony.
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