Funeral March Planned in Chicago's Polish Community

Sunday, Apr 18, 2010  |  Updated 2:45 PM CDT
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In Warsaw, mourners wait to lay candles and flowers outside the Presidential Palace in memory of late Polish President Lech Kaczynski.

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Members of Chicago's large Polish community have planned a funeral march and memorial Mass in honor of the 96 people killed in a plane crash last weekend.

Mourners will gather at 4 p.m. at St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and march to Holy Trinity Mission Church and Holy Name Cathedral.

In the evening, Cardinal Francis George will speak at a memorial mass presented in English and Polish at Holy Name Cathedral.

The Chicago area is home to an estimated 950,000 Poles -- the largest concentration of people of Polish descent outside of Poland. Numerous memorial events have been held here since the April 10 crash.

The plane carrying Polish President Lech Kaczynski and dozens of other officials crashed in western Russia while en route to a ceremony commemorating the Katyn massacre during World War II.

Chicago artist Wojciech Seweryn, who designed a statue about the massacre in suburban Chicago, also died in the plane crash.

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