Poland commemorates 77th anniversary of start of World War II

| Thursday, September 1, 2016 - 22:16
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Poland, Westerplatte peninsula, Gdansk city, Andrzej Duda, Beata Szydlo, World War II, Monument to the Defenders of Westerplatte

Polish leaders pay tribute at the Monument to the Defenders of Westerplatte

Warsaw: Poland on Thursday commemorated the 77th anniversary of the start of World War II on the Westerplatte peninsula in Poland's Gdansk city.

Polish President Andrzej Duda, Prime Minister Beata Szydlo and Defence Minister Antoni Macierewicz attended the ceremonies, and laid wreaths at the Monument to the Defenders of Westerplatte, Xinhua news agency reported.

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The traditional morning commemoration began at 4.45 a.m. (local time), when on September 1, 1939 that the German battleship Schleswig-- Holstein attacked a Polish military storehouse at Westerplatte. It was one of the first events of World War 2.

During the commemoration, Duda said that the Westerplatte observances were a tribute to all World War 2 victims, among them 5.8 million Poles, and said that everything had to be done to prevent this from happening again.

"Today we must do everything, also in cooperation with our allies, to prevent such a situation from ever touching our country, our people or our neighbours," the President said.

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