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April 14, 2010   
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Below are some of the condolences and messages of support sent to The Warsaw Voice by people around the world following Saturday's air crash in Smolensk, Russia, in which Polish President Lech Kaczyński, his wife, and dozens of Poland's top officials, military commanders and politicians were killed.

Our hearts go out to you over the loss of your president and other beloved countrymen and women.
You are in our prayers and thoughts and will remain in them throughout the following months.
God bless you, God bless Poland.

Pastor Dave Stewart
Holly Grove United Methodist Church
Anacoco, Louisiana, USA.

I am a citizen of Trinidad and Tobago. Today I grieve with you over the loss of your President and others in that tragic plane crash. I have a special fondness for your country and I seek to return again in the near future.
I did not know about Katyn before this past summer and since then I have mentioned to everyone who would listen what took place there and its implications for your country and the people...
May their [plane crash victims'] souls rest in peace.

James Solomon.

I am writing you from Crete Nebraska, USA. My heritage is Swedish, German, Polish, Russian. I read on my computer this morning your country has experienced a tremendous loss of your leaders and officials...
[I am] sharing your grief, shock, and sense of loss during this terrible airplane accident. I am so very sorry this has happened. I wish I could offer to do something to help ease your feelings of sadness and worry. Please take good care of yourselves. I will have all of you and the victims of the plane crash in my prayers and heart.

With Highest Regard,
Roxann Hamilton, M.Ed., Crete Nebraska, United States of America.

My deep condolences to all the Polish people that died in the terrible plane crash. May God help you in this terrible time.

Mr Tiny Strik
From Veghel, the Netherlands.

My condolences to the Polish people in their time of sorrow. May better times follow. It's such a disaster, what can I say? Only that I am really sorry.

Norm Simmonds from America.

Our prayers and condolences go out to the Polish citizens and the relatives of President Kaczynski, Mrs. Kaczynska, and all of the good citizens of Poland who lost their lives in the tragic plane crash. The US has lost a great friend.

Harold and Mary Ann Zahner,
San Pedro, CA, USA.

Dear Poland and Polish people,
I am writing to express my sorrow and sympathy at this terrible accident that has claimed the lives of your president, his wife and all the other people on the plane who died. I will be praying that your country will be able to come together and heal from this tragedy.

Sincerely yours,
John Nihen, Boston, Massachusetts, USA.

Dear Warsaw Voice,
I am writing to convey my heartfelt condolences to you and to all Polish citizens on the deaths of your President Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria, and the other members of government, the military and the political establishment who were on board the Tupolev 154 plane which crashed.
The shock and sadness which I feel is immense, not only for the heartbreaking loss of life, but for the fact that those who lost their lives in the crash were among the many Polish citizens who have given so much to help Poland become the great and prospering country it is today. In addition, the President and the others were on their way to honor and remember those many Polish officers killed in the 1940 Katyn massacre. The sorrow and grief which I feel is immense.
The families of those who died in the crash, as well as all Polish citizens who are grieving over this most tragic loss, are in my prayers to God.

With respect and understanding,
Richard C Howard,
Burnsville, North Carolina, USA.

To all the staff at the Warsaw Voice,
Our condolences to the families of those killed in the jet crash which has cost the lives of so many of Poland's leaders at all levels. Our prayers are with the families of those who have lost loved ones in the crash. Our thoughts, support and prayers are with you, our own family in Poland and the Polish people as a whole at this time of great sorrow.
Again our deepest condolences.

Carla & Richard Smolenski,
Sydney, Australia.

As a fourth generation Polish American, I grieve with the Polish people for their tragic loss. The entire nation is in my prayers.

Mary Cleminson,
Martinsburg, WV, USA.

My family and I extend our condolences during your nation's mourning. Our hearts go out to you all.

Allison (Lewantowicz) Allain.

In this terrible hour, I extend my deepest sympathy to the people of Poland. I am powerless to assuage your suffering and grief.
I can only feebly imagine the full dimensions of this incomprehensible occurrence, especially when I consider that the dead were on their way to honor the martyred heroes of Katyn. I do see clearly, however, what a tragic blow this is to the body and heart and soul of your great nation. It is with deep emotion that I extend to you my heartfelt condolences. I am not of Polish extraction, but today I am a Pole.

Michael Sheffer, Boston, MA.

I want herewith to express my deepest sympathy for the Polish population in regards to the losses due to the aircraft accident at Smolensk.
This misfortune has forced the Polish nation into deepest pain, which I feel as well. A good friend of ours... informed us that his friend... was among the victims of the accident.
We have to realize that we are all in God's hand, and He decides when it is time to go.

With deepest sympathy,
Guenter Jaschke
Austrian, living in Schonungen, Germany

I don't know where else to write, so I found you on the Internet. I am so, so sad for your country. It was more meaningful because I recently watched Katyn, the powerful movie directed by [Andrzej] Wajda, about the massacre at Katyn. I had never known about it before.
I can't imagine what it would be like to lose 95 of our top leaders, including our President and his wife. This will take years to heal, I'm sure. Please know that people around the world are thinking of you during this very difficult, sorrowful time.

Karen Henderson,
Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA.

I am but a small voice in the middle of North America who shares your grief in the loss of so many great persons in this tragic event.
Poles are a great source of inspiration to all lovers of freedom worldwide. It is the Polish spirit in each of you that makes you great, which will outshine the loss of several individuals. You will survive once again in triumph.

A great admirer,
Verne Christensen,
Olathe, Kansas, USA.

My deepest and most heartfelt sympathies to all the families grieving in their loss from the tragic plane crash this past weekend. My thoughts and prayers go out to them all, as well as to all the great people of Poland. This is truly a sad, dark day for the bright new modern country that Poland now is. I am the son of a Polish military officer who survived all the atrocities of the Second World War. I truly understand what this special trip meant to all who perished. Their tragedy has further enshrined the meaning of Katyn to the whole world. May God be with them and their surviving families.
Zdrowa¶ Mario, módl się za nami!

Sincerely yours,
Krzysztof Ziemski
Cambridge, Ontario, Canada.

Our eyes are full of tears. My husband and I grew up in the wonderful Polish neighborhood of South Bend Indiana. We have many Polish friends (even though I am of Flemish heritage)...
Praise the good Lord that we had these elite Polish leaders for a while, and that they touched our lives with such grace and knowledge!

With sincere sympathy,
Ralph and Sharon Bukowski

We understand the depth of this tragedy, and that nothing we say will erase it.
Perhaps our expression of sympathy, sincere condolences, and our admiration for the Polish people will help a bit to ease their pain.
Americans are grateful for our Polish allies, and acknowledge the debt the West owes to Poland down through the centuries...
We are sorry for your loss...

Lanie and Michael Brickman,
Arvada, Colorado, USA.

My sympathies and prayers go out to the people of Poland. I am sorry for your loss.

Susan Hayes,
Alabama, USA.

There are not enough words. May God be with all who are saddened and suffering.
As a first generation Polish American... I am deeply saddened.
I am praying daily for your saddened hearts.

Joyce Zdulski,
Iowa, USA.

The brave people of Poland have endured much in your nation's history
and the world has not always been there to offer support and
compassion. I speak for many Canadians when I offer my sincerest
condolences and prayers at this time of deep distress. You will teach
us again the grace which comes from deep within as you move forward
and resume your rightful place among the greatest of nations.

Gary Lyon
Barrie, Ontario, Canada.

I am an Australian citizen of Polish extraction. I need to take this opportunity to extend my heartfelt sorrow and prayers to the Polish nation at this time of incomprehensible loss of its President, his wife and all the other noted dignitaries. As a nation you are an inspiration for the rest of the world.

Jan Tadeusz Goralski
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