Five hundred new soldiers take oath on the national holiday
On the national holiday, 28 October, President of the Czech Republic Vaclav Klaus attended the military oath ceremony held at the Prague Castle Square accompanied by Minister of Defence Alexandr Vondra, Chief of the General Staff General Vlastimil Picek and other official guests.
A number of events of the day to commemorate the birth of the Czechoslovak Republic in 1918 began at the National Memorial at Prague´s Vitkov. The Czech President with highest political representatives of the country, foreign Defence Attaches and Military and Air Attaches and citizens of Prague paid homage to founders of the former Czechoslovak Republic. At this occasion, President Klaus granted military standards to the 44th Light Motorised Battalion based at Jindrichuv Hradec and to the 152nd Engineer Battalion based at Rakovnik.
The traditional military oath ceremony was held at the Prague Castle Square in front of eyes of President Vaclav Klaus, Defence Minister Alexander Vondra, Chief of the General Staff General Vlastimil Picek, political representatives and families and friends of new Czech military students and professional soldiers.
Chief of the General Staff General Vlastimil Picek appointed seven military officers to the highest commissioned officers´ rank - Colonel.
The day continued at the Prague Castle, where President Vaclav Klaus appointed two Generals to higher ranks and three Colonels to the first General rank - the Brigadier General.
At the evening ceremony held at representative halls of the Prague Castle, President Vaclav Klaus awarded 21 Czech citizens the highest national orders and medals for merits of the country.
On the 28 October 1918, the Czechoslovak Republic was officialy formed on ruins of the Austria-Hungarian Monarchy, first of all thanks to Tomas Garrigue Masaryk and Milan Rastislav Stefanik and under support of Thomas Woodrow Wilson, 28th president of the United States.
Even though the Czechoslovak Republic split into the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic in 1993, the Czech Republic retains the 28 October as the national holiday.
Posted: October 30, 2011