President of the Republic of Poland Andrzej Duda and Mayor of Warsaw Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz met the participants of the Warsaw Rising at the Wolności (Freedom) Park of the Warsaw Rising Museum.
“With great pleasure and respect I welcome the people who 72 years ago proved their patriotism, fighting in the streets of their city“, said the Mayor during the celebration. “Patriotism today means work and service for the benefit of the country. Back then, it meant a bloody sacrifice. Let us remember the heroes of the Warsaw Rising, who paid the ultimate price for the freedom of their city and country. The proof of that sacrifice is engraved here, in the Memorial Wall, where the names of over a dozen thousand of the fallen can be read”.
“The identity of the modern Warsaw, your Warsaw, stems from its history, the rubble of the destroyed city and the attitude of its citizens, who, during the War, the Occupation and the Rising, proved that our capital is an unconquerable city. Today, the grandchildren of the Generation of the Columbuses – the young generation – are shaping Warsaw. The city is developing vigorously, regaining its charm and coming to life. Warsaw combines tradition and modernity, it is the capital of Central Europe. Looking at Warsaw today you can be proud of it”, emphasised Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz.