Commemorating the 70th Anniversary of WWII – Photo Gallery

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

Military and political representatives, as well as war veterans and the citizens of the Czech Republic commemorated the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII last week and participated in events around the country paying tribute to those who lost their lives during the war. Following is a brief description, with photos, of the various ceremonies held in Ostrava, Prague and Pilsen.

Ostrava (1) Ostrava (2)

Ambassador of the Russian Federation to the              A unique historical parade of Russian Cavalry
Czech Republic, Sergej Borisovic Kiselev, decorating                            
Czech Colonel Bedrich Opocensky in Ostrava

Ostrava (3) Ostrava (4)

General Jan Gurnik and Deputy Minister of Defence                       Red Army Memorial
Alena Netolicka laying a wreath
at the Red Army Memorial in Ostrava

Ostrava (5) Ostrava (6)

Tank crew men from WWII, Colonels Bedrich                           Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka
Opocensky and Karel Serak becoming                                     at J. A. Komensky Park in Ostrava
honorary citizens of Ostrava

Prague (1) Prague (2)

Czech President, Milos Zeman, awarding                              WWII veterans in the Rudolf Gallery at
war veterans at Prague Castle                                                            Prague Castle

Prague (3) Prague (4)

Rudolf Gallery, Prague Castle                                                Soldiers carrying battlefield soil

Pilsen (1) Pilsen (2)

The “Thank You America!” memorial in Pilsen              American Robert Gilbert (*1915), the oldest
                                                                                        veteran, who fought in Pilsen in 1945

Pilsen (3) Pilsen (4)

George Patton Waters, grandson of General                    LTG Josef Becvar and Minister of Defence
George S. Patton who commanded U.S. troops          Martin Stropnicky laying a wreath at the Memorial
during the liberation of Pilsen

May 11, 2015