President lays wreaths at Smolensk memorial and victims' graves
President Andrzej Duda Monday marked the 7th anniversary of the 2010 Smolensk air disaster which killed Poland's president, First Lady and dozens of state and military officials by laying flowers at a memorial to the crash victims at Warsaw's Powazki Cemetery.
The president also laid wreaths on the graves of the victims, stopping, contemplating and praying over each tomb in the company of the military assistance. He also talked to victims' families that came to the cemetery to mark the anniversary.
The memorial to the 96 victims of the Smolensk crash consists of a white granite block broken into two segments appearing to sink into the ground. Mounted on a darker base, the white obelisk stands over a collective grave housing the ashed remains of 12 of the victims.
Mounted on the walls of the obelisk is a list of the victim's names with a brief description of the disaster which killed them.
On April 10, 2010 a Polish government Tupolev crashed near a military airfield in Smolensk, western Russia, killing all 96 people on board, including then Polish President Lech Kaczynski, the First Lady, the last Polish President-in-exile Ryszard Kaczorowski and dozens of senior government officials and military commanders.
The delegation was underway to nearby Katyn in western Russia to attend events marking the 70th anniversary of the 1940 Katyn Forest Massacre in which ap. 22,000 Polish officers and members of the intelligentsia were murdered at the hands of the Soviets. (PAP)