Celebrations of the 6th anniversary of the Smolensk disaster

Prime Minister Beata Szydło took part in the Roll of Honour in front of the Presidential Palace on the 6th anniversary of the crash of TU-154 near Smolensk.


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Photo: P. Tracz / Chancellery of the Prime Minister

Before the beginning of the ceremony, the prime minister attended the holy mass for the plane crash victims.

After the Roll of Honour, the head of the government lit candles on the graves of the victims of the Smolensk disaster: on the grave of the late Tomasz Merta on the parish cemetery in Grabów and on the graves of the late President of the Republic of Poland Ryszard Kaczorowski, rev. Zdzisław Król, rev. Andrzej Kwaśnik and rev. Józef Joniec, which are at the Pantheon of Great Poles in the Temple of Divine Providence. 

Then, the prime minister went to Bródno Cemetery, where she lit candles on the graves of the late Paweł Wypych and Katarzyna Doraczyńska. At Powązki Cemetery in Warsaw, she visited the graves of the late Wojciech Lubiński, Aleksander Szczygło, Władysław Stasiak, Izabela Tomaszewska, Sławomir Skrzypek, Barbara Mamińska, Przemysław Gosiewski, Grażyna Gęsicka, rev. Roman Indrzejczyk and Stefan Melak.

The prime minister also attended the ceremony of unveiling of the plaque commemorating the late Grażyna Gęsicka in front of the Ministry of Development, as well as in the ceremony of unveiling of the plaque commemorating the late Janusz Krupski in front of the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Oppression. In front of the Presidential Palace, a ceremony of unveiling of a plaque devoted to the late President Lech Kaczyński took place, under which the head of the government laid flowers.

In the evening, the prime minister attended the holy mass for the plane crash victims at the Metropolitan Cathedral Basilica and in the March of Memory in Krakowskie Przedmieście in Warsaw.

Smolensk catastrophe

On 10 April 2010, the plane crash happened near Smolensk in which 96 eminent representatives of the Polish public life perished, including, among others: presidential couple Lech and Maria Kaczyński, the last president of the Republic of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, commanders of the armed forces of the Republic of Poland, representatives of the Sejm, Senate and numerous other state institutions, clergy, representatives of social and veteran circles and the plane’s crew.


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