Victims of 2010 presidential air crash remembered in Warsaw
PR dla Zagranicy
A former Polish president who died in a 2010 air crash was on Sunday remembered along with 95 others in monthly ceremonies in Warsaw.
Poland's ruling party leader Jarosław Kaczyński (front) takes part in a flower-laying ceremony at Warsaw's Piłsudski Square on Sunday. Photo: PAP/Radek Pietruszka
President Lech Kaczyński, his wife and dozens of top political and military figures died when a Polish plane carrying them crashed near Smolensk, western Russia, on April 10, 2010.
The event is commemorated every month in Warsaw with ceremonies including a religious service.
Sunday’s observances began with a Catholic Mass attended by Poland's ruling party chief Jarosław Kaczyński, twin brother of the late president, and other prominent conservative politicians, among them government ministers and parliamentary leaders.
Later in the day, officials laid flowers at a statue commemorating the late President Lech Kaczyński in central Warsaw and at a separate monument unveiled last year to honour all 96 victims of the fatal 2010 Polish presidential plane crash in Russia, the PAP news agency reported.
On April 10 last year, Jarosław Kaczyński led the 96th and, as he said, the last monthly March of Remembrance for the crash victims through the Polish capital’s Old Town district following a memorial mass at the local St. John's Cathedral.