Warsaw saw a general halt in traffic at 5 pm on Tuesday, commemorating the hour “W,” – the time when the Warsaw Uprising started 73 years ago.
Former insurgents, city and state officials and residents gathered at the Gloria Victis Monument at Warsaw’s Powązki Cemetery to paid tribute to the fallen.
President Andrzej Duda emphasized that the Uprising was a moment that shaped Poland’s past, present and the future. “I can say my willingness to serve the motherland was forged to a significant degree by those events and the way the young Polish people conducted themselves,” he said, adding that he, along with many Poles was “was raised on the history and myth of the Warsaw Uprising, on the heroism of the insurgents.”
Numerous other commemorative events took place across Warsaw and Poland throughout the day.
The Warsaw Uprising was a valiant but unsuccessful effort to unseat the German Nazi occupants towards the end of World War II in 1944. Around 150,000 people died in a 63-day military effort, which ended in a complete destruction of the city. The Uprising was the largest single military effort taken by any European resistance movement during World War II.