Hero’s fu­neral for Ga­garin

DEC­CAN Chron­i­cle

The Asian Age - - Sport+ -

Mos­cow: The ashes of Yuri Ga­garin, the world’s first space­man, were in­terred in the red- brick Krem­lin walls to­day af­ter a hero’s fu­neral in Red Square.

The urns con­tain­ing the ashes of Ga­garin, and fel­low Air Force Colonel Vladimir Seryo­gin, were placed into niches in the his­toric walls to the left of the Lenin mau­soleum by Polit­buro mem­ber An­drei Kir­ilenko, head of the fu­neral com­mit­tee.

The two men were killed on Wed­nes­day when their two- seat jet trainer crashed on a rou­tine train­ing flight near Mos­cow.

The en­tire Soviet Union ob­served a minute of si­lence im­me­di­ately af­ter the urns were placed in the walls — tra­di­tional rest­ing place of Rus­sian he­roes.

An ar­tillery salvo was the only noise to break the na­tion- wide si­lence.

A mil­i­tary band, which had been play­ing fu­neral dirges all morn­ing, then broke into the Soviet An­them and black plaques were placed over the niches con­tain­ing the two urns.

Weep­ing rel­a­tives, in­clud­ing the wid­ows of Ga­garin and Seryo­gin, were helped up to por­traits of the two men, placed di­rectly be­low the niches, all kissed the pictures.

Rus­sians, many weep­ing filled Red Square for the fu­neral and lined the streets along which a flower- decked gun car­riage car­ried the fu­neral urns from the Cen­tral Army House, where they had laid in state for two days, to Red Square.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from India

© PressReader. All rights reserved.