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Fans of both military displays and folklore festivals had more than enough to entertain them this weekend

The Czech army successfully organised the 25th Land Forces Day, BAHNA 2014, and the 21st Roznovska valaska 2014 folklore festival, which attracted thousands of people at the weekend.

BAHNA 2014

More than 50 thousand spectators visited the 25th Land Forces Day which, this year, presented a spectacular demonstration of troops on the attack; supported by tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, helicopters, paratroopers and supersonic Gripens, and the whole display was incredibly realistic.

"It is very important for me that you are here today so that you can witness the high level of expertise from our army; a level that we can all be justly proud of. We can see that the military is not a burden, but part of who we are as a nation," said Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky addressing the spectators.

The Land Forces Day was also attended by Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka, Chief of General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic General Petr Pavel, deputies of the Minister of Defence, and other guests.

General Pavel, in his address to the crowd of supporters, said, "We do not wish to merely act as a supplement to our allied partners but, rather, an equal contributor, where we can also do some good for our military defence. I am very grateful for your presence here today, as it reflects your interest in the military, its equipment and our military history. It is also, for us, a sign of your confidence in your military, for which we are deeply appreciative.

Roznovska valaska 2014

The Roznovska valaska 2014 folklore festival, and the parade of historical fencing groups, along with international participation, are traditional events at the Roznovska Wallachian museum going back twenty years, and are organised by the Czech army, the Personnel Division of the MoD, the Agency of Planning and Development of Human Resources, and the Military Artistic Ensemble, Ondras. This year along with a dozen Czech and Moravian groups, two international ensembles, accepted an invitation to present their music, dance, historical fencing and shooting.

The three day festival also included a parade of participants dressed in traditional costumes through the streets of Roznov pod Radhostem, the Moravian town which is also a co-organiser of this event.

Thousands of spectators attended to watch the festival, and enjoy the pleasant festive atmosphere of the beginning of summer.


Photo gallery: 12 pics from BAHNA 2014 by Vladimir Marek
and 15 pics from Roznovska valaska 2014 by Jana Zechmeisterova


June 10, 2014


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