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    ...The Central House of the Soviet Army...

    Millions of people came here on that day to?

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    Background: ...The Central House of the Soviet Army...

    Millions of people came here on that day to honour the memory of Hero of the Soviet Union Col. Yuri Gagarin, the world's first space-man, and Hero of the Soviet Union Col. Vladimir Seryogin, who were both killed when their plane crashed during a training flight.

    ...Great is the grief of the Soviet people...

    An endless line of people flows into the hall where the solemn melodies are played.

    The Red-Panner Hall, where the urns with the ashes of the two heroes have been established, is draped in mourning. Surrounded with flowers are the portraits of Gagarin and Seryogin. Grimson cushions bear their orders and medals.

    The leaders of the Communist Party and the Soviet Government have come to honour the memory of the heroes. Leonid Brezhnev, Nikolai Podgorniy and Alexei Kosygin are in the guard of honour.

    Standing in grief and silence are Audrian Nikolayev, Valentina Nikosyeva-Tareshkova, Valoriy Bykovsky. Space explorers and colleagues of Yuri Gagarin, they too are in the guard of honour...

    In the hall are the families of the two men, their relatives, and friends.

    The Soviet leaders expressed condolence to them all.

    ...Filing past the urns with the ashes of Gagarin and Seryogin and workers, office employees, students, school-children, representatives of the Soviet people who arrived from all over the country.

    ...The flow of people is endless..
    ...In the hearts of millions the name of Yuri Gagarin will forever he linked to one of the most outstanding achievements of mankind in the space effort.

    ...His explicit, the pioneering feat of the first men in space, will always be a symbol of courage and daring.

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