Poland marks 5th anniversary of presidential plane crash
The fifth anniversary of the plane crash that killed President Lech Kaczynski and 95 people on board was commemorated all over Poland on Friday.
On April 10, 2010 a Polish government plane with the Polish president and close to 90 top state officials crashed during a heavy-fog landing attempt on a military airfield in Smolensk, killing all on board. The delegation was on its way to Katyn for anniversary ceremonies of the 1940 Katyn Massacre in which Soviet NKVD executed 22,000 Polish army officers and uniformed servicemen.
Official ceremonies honouring the victims of the tragic crash held at the Powazki military cemetery in Warsaw were attended by the president, prime minister, cabinet and parliament officials, Warsaw mayor Hanna-Gronkiewicz-Waltz and families of the victims.
After the ceremonies at Powazki, President Bronislaw Komorowski thanked Warsaw's authorities for their decision to build a memorial commemorating the victims. It will be situated in Warsaw's downtown, some 100 metres from the Presidential Palace.
"I hope that all the existing divisions regarding the Smolensk disaster, so painfully felt by all of us, will slowly start to disappear," the president said, adding that he also hoped that the memorial construction could help build a community of remembrance and mourning.
President Bronislaw Komorowski and his wife Anna laid flowers at the grave of the presidential couple at the Wawel Cathedral in Krakow on Thursday evening.(PAP, own information)