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Ten Years After 9/11
September 30, 2011   
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The American ambassador to Poland, Lee Feinstein, and Americans living in Warsaw were joined by Poles during the 10th anniversary commemoration of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks which killed almost 3,000 people, including six Poles. The ceremony took place on Sunday, Sept. 11, by the memorial to the Polish victims of the 9/11 attacks, located in Skaryszewski Park in Warsaw.

Feinstein, Deputy Prime Minister Waldemar Pawlak, Foreign Minister Radosław Sikorski and Warsaw Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz gave speeches at the memorial and Gen. Stanisław Koziej, head of the National Security Office, read out a letter from Polish President Bronisław Komorowski. Officials representing the Polish authorities, the American community in Warsaw, and emergency services laid flowers in honor of the victims.

After the ceremony, the attendees saw an exhibition of photographs by Czesław Czapliński entitled 9/11, Ten Years Later.

In the evening, the National Philharmonic hosted a special concert during which the Sinfonia Iuventus Polish Orchestra, conducted by Tadeusz Wojciechowski, played September Symphony by Wojciech Kilar and Adagio for Strings by Samuel Barber. The concert was held under the auspices of the U.S. ambassador.

On Friday, Sept. 9, the U.S. embassy held a private ceremony during Feinstein and the embassy staff shared their memories of 9/11. In his closing speech, Feinstein said, “And in our moment of tragedy, no country responded more quickly or decisively than Poland. You as Poles are no strangers to adversity. Nor are you strangers to overcoming adversity, as your history and heroism so aptly demonstrate. In the days and weeks after Sept. 11, Poles stood by a grateful American ally. You showed solidarity not just with candles and flowers and art as you see here, but also by supporting international efforts to confront and combat terrorism and by working with us and other members of the international community to promote universal values, stability and economic opportunity around the world.”

Ewa Hancock
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