Great countries have great heroes.
Poland punches way above its weight in that arena.
You will need the tissues.
Last week World War 2 hero Bronislaw ‘Grom’ Karwowski walked his granddaughter down the aisle.
He promised he'd be there for her. Just like he promised he'd fight and beat the Nazis. And fight and beat the Soviet communists. Even 10 years in the Gulag couldn't break his spirit.
Two days after the wedding the late Major Bronislaw ‘Grom’ Karwowski joined Poland's eternal guard.
We regret to announce that today, on 1st September 2018, on the 79th anniversary of Germany's assault on Poland, the national hero and insurgent of the Warsaw Uprising in 1944, Major Bronislaw Karwowski retired to the eternal guard.
'He was awarded the Knight's Cross of the Order of the Rebirth of Poland, the Silver Cross of Merit with Swords, the Cross of the National Armed Deed and many others.
During the war, 'Grom' was captured by the Nazis but managed to escape from the Gestapo's headquarters in Lomza, in north-eastern Poland.
In 1948, he was arrested again, during the communist period, and was sentenced to ten years behind bars.
Despite fading health, the frail pensioner did not let his ailments stop him from performing his duty for his family. The Armed Forces said he showed the same determination during his time serving his country.
Lest We Forget.
PS - great countries stay great against apparently insurmountable odds only because of men like this man among men.