The beautiful reburial ceremony for the commanders and participants of the 1863–1864 uprising has revealed more than it may appear at first glance.
Awareness of the occupier was alive not just among the nobility, but among the Lithuanian-speaking peasantry as well. But there is more to it, something well-captured in the emotional speech by Polish President Andrzej Duda:
“In our countries, we continue to discover nameless death pits [with] the anti-Soviet partisans murdered by the red regime. Today, we also remember them, [as well as] the Polish ‘doomed-indomitable soldiers’, the Lithuanian ‘forest brothers’ and others.