Sunday, April 18, 2010

Going to their final Resting place

The procession is at the castle.  Wow!  The pall bearers (military, of course) are walking the caskets up the the official castle entrance.  For those of you who have been here, you know how steep that hill is and now, imagine carrying a casket!  Wow!

I cannot imagine walking behind my parent's caskets for a kilometer.  How difficult this must be for Marta Kaczynski.  She looks so frail and sad. (Marta was criticized a few years ago for being on Poland's version of Dancing with the Stars.  She is quite the public figure herself.)  The sorrow on Marta's face breaks my heart.

At the Wawel cathedral:  The "Silver Bells" have been ringing.  This happened last when John Paul II died.  It is a very rare occurrence in Krakow.   The caskets are being "greeted" by beautiful choral music.  The President and First Lady will be buried under the Silver Tower.

I am amazed at the beauty of the music that has been selected.  It is like a movie, and yet you see the artists playing live.  (Can I get the soundtrack!)
You may ask, "Why such a public funeral?"  Lech Kaczynski was a big part of Solidarity with Lech Walesa and was a man of the people.  Until a few years ago, his views and politics were shared by many.  This funeral is for those who struggle with him.  (Or at least that is what the commentators said.)

After a short ceremony, they are now being taken to the crypts under the castle.   And that is the end.
At the sounds of a 21 cannon gun salute,  a new era of Polish history starts. 
(RT TV will be putting much of this on their YouTube site should you have the desire to watch it.  It should be with full English commentary.)

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