Monday 19 April 2010

Another Funeral

On Monday was the funeral of my dear friend Iza Tomaszewska who had left archaeology to work as the Director of Protocol in the President's Chancellery and thus was on that plane in its last fateful flight. I was a bit taken aback to realise that instead of the family and friends affair I was expecting, it was a full state funeral with military honours and two ministers gave the funeral oration. It was moving to hear two members of the government speak of her so emotionally and tenderly, using words which expressed exactly how I too had seen her. They have created a special quarter of the main cemetery for some of the victims of the crash and Iza's grave is in the middle of this new 'place of memory'.

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