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10 April 2017
The commemorative ceremony took place on April 9, 2017 at the Saint Adelbert Cemetary in Niles, Illiois, and were attended, among others, by Ambassador Piotr Wilczek and Consul General Piotr Janicki. Attending the ceremony was also lieutenant Tomasz Bieniak, representing the Polish Ministry of Defense.
The greatest tragedy in the history of post-WWII Poland occurred in the early hours of 10 April 2010. An air disaster claimed the lives of Poland’s President Lech Kaczyński, First Lady Maria Kaczyńska, the last President-in-exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, top state officials, members of the Polish delegation, and crew members, who were on their way to attend celebrations marking 70 years of the Katyn Crime.
Among the 96 victims were longstanding and eminent members of the foreign service: Andrzej Kremer, MFA Undersecretary of State, Mariusz Handzlik, Undersecretary of State at the Polish President’s Chancellery, Stanisław Jerzy Komorowski, Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of National Defence, and Mariusz Kazana, Director of the Diplomatic Protocol.
The events of 10 April came as a shock to millions of Poles at home and abroad, and to the international public. The books of condolences at Poland’s diplomatic missions were signed by politicians, well-known personalities, and ordinary citizens, who thus demonstrated their solidarity with the mourning Polish people.
They are gone forever, but they remain in our memory. We remember those who cared for Poland's good name.
MFA Press Office
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