Celebrations started today with a Mass and patriotic events at the Monument to Hel Defenders which is located at the site of the first Nazi assault on Poland in 1939. Unrug and his wife will be buried on Tuesday at a mausoleum of naval heroes in Gdynia. According to the chief of the Office for Veterans, Jan Józef Kasprzyk, Unrug expressed a wish to be buried in Poland alongside his fallen subordinates once the country was independent again. Admiral served as the Polish Navy’s commander-in-chief in the opening stages of WWII, defending the coastal towns of Hel and Gdynia from attacks by German Nazis in 1939. After Hel and Gdynia fell, he was a prisoner of war in a number of German camps and was treated well because he was a former German officer; but he refused to speak in his native German, saying that he forgot the language in September 1939, when WWII broke out. After the war, he fled from persecution by the communists, heading to the UK before moving to France, where he died in 1973. The Minister of National Defense Mariusz B┼éaszczak participated in the ceremonies preceding the state funeral of the Commander of the Defense of the Coast of 1939, Admiral Józef Unrug.