International parade commemorates Czech Army day

Autor: Nuala Casey, Oldrich Holecek

Czech Armed Forces day was marked by an exhibition parade of six central European Armed Forces Honour Guards at Wenceslas Square in Prague last week.

To commemorate Czech Armed Forces Day, which falls on 30th June, representatives of the military Honour Guards of Austria, Germany, Hungary, Poland, the Slovak Republic, and the Czech Republic gathered at Wenceslas Square, in downtown Prague, to demonstrate their skills by taking part in a military parade.

The parade, DRILLFEST.ARMY.CZ, attracted hundreds of Prague's citizens and tourists to watch this unusual performance of specially selected parade disciplines, presented to the music of the Central Band of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic (ACR).

Official guests included Premysl Sobotka, Deputy Chairman of the Czech Senate, Deputy Minister of Defence Tomas Kuchta, Major General Miroslav Zizka, Deputy Chief of General Staff of the ACR, and other guests.

Czech Army day commemorates the military parade held in the French city of Darney on 30th June, 1918. On that day, the 21st Czechoslovak Rifle Regiment, numbering 6 thousand, swore an oath of loyalty to the republic before departing for battle. The ceremony was attended by the French President, Raymond Poincaré, members of the French cabinet, future Czechoslovak President, Eduard Benes, representatives of the allied armies, and a delegation of the City of Paris. The event signified the diplomatic recognition of the Czechoslovak Armed Forces before the formation of Czechoslovakia which would then take place in October later that year.

July 1, 2014