Prime Minister Beata Szydło: We must call for memory. We must call for truth

Prime Minister Beata Szydło and the Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński, mother of late Przemysław Gosiewski Jadwiga Gosiewska and Halina Wasserman, the widow of Zbigniew Wassermann, unveiled a plaque at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister which commemorates the victims of the Smoleńsk crash.


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Photo: P. Tracz/Chancellery of the Prime Minister

“All for you, Poland”

We considered it obvious that the plaque must be here. It is located in such a place that now every global leader visiting the Chancellery of the Prime Minister will have to bow to the names of President Lech Kaczyński, Deputy Prime Minister Przemysław Gosiewski and Minister Zbigniew Wassermann, said Prime Minister Beata Szydło during the ceremony at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister added that the idea to place the plaque in the building of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister originated from the sense of duty to commemorate the persons who went to Katyń to commemorate those who gave their lives for our freedom.

They were on a flight which was to show the whole world that Poland did not forget its heroes and will always remember them. Things have come full circle. Today, we have to stand for our heroes. We have to stand for those who seven years ago wanted to pay homage to our ancestors and lost their lives. Our duty is to ensure that every victim of this crash has its place of memory, emphasized Beata Szydło.

The plaque commemorating late President Lech Kaczyński, Deputy Prime Minister Przemysław Gosiewski and Minister Zbigniew Wassermann was set in the wall of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister. The inscription under the names of the victims reads: “All for you, Poland.”

We must do everything to keep the memory alive

The Prime Minister believes that a monument to late President Lech Kaczyński should finally be erected in Warsaw. We owe it to the President, a great Pole, whose testament to us is to remember that the state should always stand for the weaker and take care of those who create it, said the Prime Minister. She added that it was everyone’s duty to ensure that all victims of the crash had their place of commemoration, to ensure that there are commemorative plaques and meetings.

Today, on 10 April, we, Poles, around the world must not only remember, but also call for commemoration of 96 victims of the Smoleńsk crash. This voice must be heard very loud from here, from Warsaw. Today we should first of all remember and call for memory, call for truth, emphasized Prime Minister Beata Szydło.

The ceremony took place in the presence of the military escort and was attended by the members of the government and special guests, including families of the Smoleńsk crash victims. The plaque was blessed by Father Zdzisław Tokarczyk. Wreaths under the plaque were laid by Prime Minister Beata Szydło, the Law and Justice leader Jarosław Kaczyński, Chief of the Chancellery of the Prime Minister Małgorzata Sadurska, Marshal of the Sejm Marek Kuchciński, Marshal of the Senate Stanisław Karczewski and representatives of the families of the victims. The participants of the ceremony at the Chancellery of the Prime Minister also watched a film devoted to victims of the crash.


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