Polish capital pays tribute to 1944 heroic act of resistance
,Sirens sounded throughout Warsaw at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, the exact time of the August 1, 1944, outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising against the city's Nazi German invaders, to mark the revolt's 76th anniversary.
As the sirens wailed, traffic and pedestrians stopped throughout the city for a minute of silence in tribute to the fighters and victims of the bloody WWII insurgency.
At 5:00 pm President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy PM and Culture Minister Piotr Gliński, Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak, lower house Speaker Elżbieta Witek and Warsaw Mayor Rafał Trzaskowski paid tribute to the heroic insurgents at the Gloria Victis (glory to the defeated - PAP) memorial in Warsaw's Powązki Cemetery, where 4,000-4,500 of them are buried.
Just before the sirens were turned on, Duda and Morawiecki laid flowers at the grave of General Antoni Chruściel, the commander of the Warsaw District of the Home Army and the commander of all Polish forces fighting against the Germans in the uprising.