Losing someone who has played a big role in your life is never easy, and that includes politicians who have fought hard for your rights and well-being.
On January 13, residents of Gdańsk, Poland, were shocked and heartbroken when their beloved mayor Paweł Adamowicz was attacked on stage during a live charity event. The 53-year-old passed away from his injuries the following day. To say he will be dearly missed is an understatement, as evidenced by the thousands who attended public vigils on the day of his death.
About 16,000 people gathered in Gdańsk’s Old Town on January 14 to pay tribute to their fallen leader, who served as mayor for more than 20 years. A hush swept over the somber crowd as Disturbed vocalist David Draiman’s voice began playing over the loudspeaker, captivating the grieving audience.
Draiman’s rendition of “The Sound of Silence” gave the song new meaning as it rang out over the mourners. His bittersweet crooning perfectly echoed for them what words couldn’t quite reach: the deep sorrow caused by the tragic assassination.
Polish reporter Maciej Bąk described the atmosphere best that night, writing that the performance left “shivers all over the body.” The lyrics were particularly touching, almost emulating the mayor’s presence among the silent assembly:
And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dared
Disturb the sound of silence.
Adamowicz leaves behind his wife, Magdalena Abramska, and their two daughters, Antonina and Teresa. Though he’s gone now, we’re certain his kind, generous spirit will live on in the hearts of people across Poland. Rest in peace, Adamowicz. You will never be forgotten.
Grab some tissues and listen to Draiman’s moving performance in the clip below, and share to honor this great man’s life and service.
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