Vice President Mike Pence, Energy Secretary Rick Perry and other U.S. officials were in Warsaw, Poland on Sunday to commemorate the 80th anniversary of Nazi Germany’s invasion of the nation and the beginning of World War II there.

Germany President Frank Walter-Steinmeier called the war a “German crime” and asked for forgiveness for the atrocities perpetrated against the Polish people.

“This war was a German crime.”

“I bow in mourning to the suffering of the victims. I ask for forgiveness for Germany’s historical debt. I affirm our lasting responsibility.”

Some of those who survived were able to attend the ceremony.

Here are some of Pence’s remarks.

Freedom reigns in Poland today!