tv Vice President Pence Remarks at WWII 80th Anniversary Event in Poland CSPAN September 3, 2019 4:38am-5:02am EDT
2020. watch our live coverage of the presidential candidates on the campaign trail and make up your own mind. yourn's campaign 2020, unfiltered view of politics. vice president mike pence and other world leaders were in poland sunday for ceremonies marking the 80th anniversary of the start of world war ii. the german army invaded poland on september 1, 1939. here's the vice president remarks. [speaking foreign language] >> ladies and gentlemen, the vice president of the united states of america, michael richard pence, will now deliver the address. ♪
ministers,ts, prime and most of all, the noble citizens of poland, it is an honor to be here. on behalf of the president of the united states and all the american people, to mark the 80th anniversary of the outbreak two years agoi, president donald trump came to this very city and spoke of the remarkable bond between the american people and the people of poland.
he said in his remarks that america loves poland and america loves the polish people. [applause] and today, as vice president of the united states, it is my great honor to stand here today on behalf of the american people, including nearly 10 million polish americans, and a poland that is safe, strong, and free. [applause] as the president said that day, the story of poland is the story of a people who never lost hope, who have never been broken, who have never, ever forgotten who they are, and
,oday, in the heart of warsaw standing humbly before the tomb of the unknown soldier, we gathered to bear witness to the courage of a great people, to the spirit of a great nation, and to the profound and lasting strength of a great civilization. well the hearts of every american are with our fellow citizens in the path of a remembertorm, today we how the gathering storm of the 20th century broke into warfare and invasion. followed by unspeakable hardship. of the polish people. decades offive sufferinguggle and
that followed the outbreak of world war ii, the polish people never lost hope. despair, youe into never let go of the thousand year history. thise years that followed day 80 years ago, your life shown in the darkness, and the darkness did not overcome it. the character, faith, and determination of the polish people made all the difference. it would, in time, turn shattering defeat into glorious victory. it is difficult for any of us who are not poles to fathom the horrors that began here 80 years ago on the first of september, 1939.
within weeks, the armies of nazi germany, from the west in the communist soviet union from the east divided up this country. the maniacal nazi leader issued the command for the physical disruption of the enemy. merciless and without compassion, the death of polish men, women, and children. those dual invasions marked the beginning of a conflict unlike anything the world had ever known before. one we resolve here today. the world will never know again.
[applause] in just over four years, one in five polish citizens would be murdered at the hands of an evil ideology dental and racial conquest and authoritarian rule. the nazi systematically murty 19% -- systematically murdered 90% of poland's 3 million jews. tens of thousands of brave patriots of the polish resistance would be killed in the fight against the occupation of the homelands. over 21,000 polish sons and daughters were massacred at the hands of the communists in april, 1940. graves.n mass city,ght here in this
more than 150,000 polish men, women, and children gave their of then just nine weeks warsaw uprising. an uprising which was followed by the deliberate and total disruption of the city. , by sovietorces forces that stood by and allowed the slaughter. up died fighting to liberate these bloodstained streets from fascism, dictatorship, and the looming menace of communism. but as president trump said two there is a courage and a strength deep in the polish character that no one
could destroy. [applause] and today, we remember the long roll call of those who fought for freedom in these dark days, their names, the memory of their heroism that will be enshrined in the hearts of their people and freedom loving people forever. long and terrible war started here in poland. long, that death struggle with totalitarianism involved the fates and compared the extraordinary set -- and
compelled the extraordinary sacrifice of freedom loving nations across the world. today, we also remember the 16 million americans who left the peace and comfort of their homes to fight to liberate europe. they stood against people and over 400,000 young american men, including thousands of polish americans, gave their last full measure of devotion for their country and the peoples of nations they did not know. countrymenmember my and their sacrifices with honor and gratitude. today, we remember the millions of brave british citizens who
served and sacrificed to save europe, defend their sovereignty, their liberty, and their beloved kingdom. so too do we recall the patriots of the french resistance, the dutch, the danish, the c zechs, the greeks, the romanians, and so many other underground movements and freedom fighters who entered history as legends of courage, and they demonstrated a selflessness that will be remembered for the ages. but none fought with more valor and determination or righteous fury than polls. in their decades long struggle against europe, poland proved heroes. homeland of [applause]
as we remember the war that began here on polish soil eight do well to pause and reflect on the causes of so great a conflagration. the fight against the twisted ideologies of nazi's and reflected the eternal struggle between right and wrong. good and evil. they were driven by an ancient , to claim power by any means and impose their will to control the lives of ordinary men and women. while, becoming morality.
whatever served the power of the justified.e even murder, on an unprecedented scale. but when we think of the , ofavity of totalitarianism the death squads in the concentration camps, the secret propaganda, the destruction of churches and the endless hostility to people of think one cannot help but of the words of another who lived under soviet totalitarianism, the russian dissident. pondering the ruinous times in which he lived, he reflected, "if i were called
upon to identify briefly the principle trait of the entire 20th century, i would be unable to find anything more precise : men have forgotten god." those who sought to remake the world by force did not have the last word. because there was something great at work. war,gh the brutality of and threw four decades of as presidente, trump said two years ago in the city, poland today and the other nations of europe endured, a campaign to demolish your freedom, your laws, your
history, your identity, and your faith. yet you never lost that spirit. your oppressors tried to break you, but poland could not be broken. [applause] in june, 1979, one of poland's greatest sons returned home. as pope john paul ii. history records that in this preached thate the polish people could not understand their history or their future apart from the greatest source of their strength and goodness.
visit caused a's revolution of conscience throughout the land, but in 16 became theidarity official re-recognized free-trade union in the communist bloc, and the momentum of those nine days would eventually lead to the fall of the berlin wall in 1989 and the end of the soviet union in 1991. [applause] but on that day, in this place, that man paul ii said cannot understand who he is or
what is true dignity is or what his vocation is, nor what his final and is without christ. [applause] and when the holy father spoke those words, the millions of fearlesslyred here spoke for their nation and their voices, lifting their they saying, "we want god, we want god." and their voices echoed across this nation and around the world. memorial because to honor that
stands before us today. just opposite the tomb of the unknown soldier. of favor, but resolve.olish hope and it is a parliament testimony to the belief of the polish people the truth solidarity among people and among nations is only possible when that solidarity is seen in the light of a providential creator. gathered as for more represented ines
this freedom loving nation. our people are linked by a shared love of freedom and self-determination. resolves on this day that the words heard in this unraveled that long not just foression but allle of poland across eastern europe, let us resolve that those words and truths that have sustained human freedom from the beginning will never be forgotten. poland will continue to stand with all of our allies for our common defense.
poland, we will also continue to call on our allies, to live up to the promises that we've made to one , for the american people knowhe polish people, to that a strong alliance of free, sovereign, and independent nations is the best defense of our freedoms, now and always. [applause] so thank you for the honor of representing our president and the american people on this historic occasion, as we mark the 80th anniversary of world war ii. today, we remember those that , in poland and their
long twilight struggle and all of those who sacrificed for my nation and nations represented here. to win a victory for freedom. we remember those that were lost wellis day, but we also do celebrate and enduring victory for freedom and the role that the people of poland played by their strength and their example. here twoent trump said gave upo, america never on the freedom and independence of the polish people and we never will. [applause]
and on this occasion, if any should doubt that the destiny of mankind is freedom, let them look to poland. to the courageous polish people. to see for themselves the indomitable spirit, strength, and resilience of freedom loving people standing on a foundation of faith. through their decades long ,truggle, struggle their courage and faith shone forth. poland andn ain
all the world that though it may take decades, where the spirit of the lord is, there is freedom. [applause] having paid tribute to the past, , andw look to the future with the inspiration, courage, and resolved of the polish people, from this day forward, i that poland,u america, and all freedom loving nations in the world will meet the future together. thank you. god bless you. god bless poland. and may god bless the united states of america.
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