BROOKLYN, N.Y. (WPIX)—Church bells across Brooklyn's Polish community summoned people to mourn the loss of Polish president Lech Kazinski.
Hundreds of Parishioners packed St. Stanislaus Kostka Church in Greenpoint, which was standing room only Sunday. The corner church, on Driggs Avenue has served as a safe haven for thousands of immigrants for decades.
"I see the picture, I hear the words about him, but I still cannot comprehend... I still think it's just a dream," said Rev. Marek Sobczak.
Polish president Lech Kazinski, Poland's first lady and scores of other government dignitaries died Saturday in a tragic plane crash over Russia. The exact cause is still being investigated.
Meanwhile, local parishioners remember back to 2007, when the deceased president last visited the church. He presented the congregation with a gold chalice on behalf of his government.
"The people cry because the president was a very good person," said one mourner.
A contingent of Polish war veterans proudly marched in step. Others dressed in native peasant costumes to celebrate their Polish heritage.
Throughout the neighborhood, red and white flags with a black ribbon hung from homes and businesses as a sign of unity during unbelievable tragedy.