Tuesday, April 13, 2010

The World Mourns Lech Kaczynski of Poland

Leaders all over the world were shocked and expressed sorrow over the death of Polish President Lech Aleksander Kaczynski whose plane crashed on it's approach to a Russian airport last Saturday that also claimed the lives of his wife Maria and 95 others.

Those killed included the army chief of staff, the navy chief commander, the heads of the air and land forces, the national bank president, deputy foreign minister, army chaplain, the National Security Office head, deputy parliament speaker, Olympic Committee head, civil rights commissioner, two presidential aides and three legislators.

U.S. President Barack Obama describes the Polish leader as "a distinguished statesman who played a key role in the Solidarity movement, and he was widely admired in the United States as a leader dedicated to advancing freedom and human dignity."

Lech Kaczynski was born in Zoliborz, Warsaw on June 18, 1949. He won as president on October 23, 2005. He took his oath of office as President of the Republic of Poland on December 23, 2005.

He will be buried in the Wawel Cathedral of Krakow alongside Polish kings and saints.

The stamp above features Warsaw, the city where Lech Kaczynski was born. It was released on October 6, 2009 by the Polish Post.

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