Poles Stop, Go Silent To Mourn Crash Deaths

WARSAW, Poland -- Thousands of people in the streets of Poland's cities are standing rigid and silent, marking two minutes of silent memorial to those killed in a devastating plane crash.

The silence was preceded by the thundering pealing of church bells and din of emergency sirens for nearly a minute before everything faded into utter silence.

In front of the presidential palace, hundreds of people stopped what they were doing and stood, some with their eyes closed and heads bowed.

Poland was enveloped in mourning Sunday, to mark the loss of President Lech Kaczynski and 95 others -- including many of the country's elite.


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  • by prayers for Poland on Apr 11, 2010 at 05:33 PM
    My heart goes out to the people of Poland. What a shock. Prayers for all people and families from all here in America. May God help all to find the strength to get through this horrible time.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Apr 11, 2010 at 03:45 PM
    As posted earlier, these top officials were on their way to a remembrance of the Polish, as the aircraft ran aground on a patch of earth that has symbolized the Soviet-era repressions that shaped much of the 20th century, near the remote Russian forest glade called Katyn where thousands of Polish prisoners of war were killed and dumped in unmarked graves by Soviet secret police in 1940. It is quite sad.
  • by OutsideLookingIn Location: ENC on Apr 11, 2010 at 01:54 PM
    Quote from LA Times, "The aircraft ran aground on a patch of earth that has symbolized the Soviet-era repressions that shaped much of the 20th century, near the remote Russian forest glade called Katyn where thousands of Polish prisoners of war were killed and dumped in unmarked graves by Soviet secret police in 1940." I can fully understand why they publicly paid hommage to these victims. It is also very unusual to lose that many top officials on their way to pay tribute to an historical event, and quite sad.
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