On the 10th anniversary of the tragedy, the President of the Institute of National Remembrance Dr Jarosław Szarek and Deputy President Dr Mateusz Szpytma laid flowers on the sarcophagus of the Presidential Couple - Maria and Lech Kaczyński in the crypt of the Wawel Cathedral in Kraków. They also said a short prayer by the casket of Marshal Józef Piłsudski.
" Despite the passage of time, the date of 10 April 2010 is still increadibly touching.It immediately brings to mind the moment when we suddenly lost dozens of people who had not only been fighting for independent Poland but had also worked so very hard on building it” - said IPN's President Dr Jarosław Szarek
Earlier, representatives of the IPN’s authorities visited the grave of Janusz Kurtyka in the ‘Alley of the Distinguished' at the Rakowicki cemetery. Flowers on the grave of the late President of the Institute, who died in the crash of the Presidential plane near Smolensk, were also laid by the Director of the IPN’s Office of the President Dr Dorota Koczwańska-Kalita and the Director of the IPN Branch in Krakow Dr hab. Filip Musiał.
On behalf of the President, Deputy Presidents and the employees of the Institute, the Deputy Director of the IPN’s Office of the President and Social Communication Joanna Pobocha-Górkiewicz laid wreaths on the grave of Janusz Krupski and at the monument to the Victims of the Smolensk Air Disaster located at the Warsaw Powązki cemetery.
The presidential plane carrying a Polish State delegation on its way to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Katyn Massacre crashed on 10 April 2010 at 8:41 near Smolensk. All of the 96 passangers, among them President Lech Kaczyński with his wife Maria, the last President of the Republic of Poland in exile Ryszard Kaczorowski, Deputy Speakers of the Sejm and Senate, MPs, officers of the Polish Army, employees of the Chancellery of the President, heads of state institutions, clergy, representatives of ministries, veterans, social organizations and the crew, died as a result of the crash.