Memorial Act in Brookwood Cemetery
On 31 October 2010 a memorial act to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of Czechoslovak airmen and soldiers to the UK was held in Brookwood.
At presence of the Czech Ambassador Michael Žantovský, the Slovak Ambassador Juraj Zervan, Representative of HM’s Lord Lieutenant of Surrey brig Graeme Bartlett MBE, the Czech Deputy Minister of Defence Michael Hrbata, the Czech Air Force Commander in Chief Brigadier General Jiri Verner, the Director of the Military History Military Institute Colonel Ales Knizek, the Mayor of Woking Mohammed Iqbal, chairman of the Free Czechoslovak Air Force Association UK Colonel Arnost Polak, Czechoslovak veterans living in the UK and the Czech Republic and many distinguished guests a memoral act was held to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the arrival of Czechoslovak airmen and soldiers in the UK and their fight against the Nazis in the WWII.
After the speeches the official guests laid wreaths to the memorial of Czechoslovak airmen. Air cadets lead by squadron leader Alan Talbot C in C, the Surrey branch RAF, laid heather sprigs to graves of five Czechoslovak airmen from 311th RAF squadron who died in Cairngorm in 1945 on a flight from Scotland to London.
The Deputy Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic presented the veterans with a medal commemorating the 90th anniversary of Czechoslovakia.
More than a hundred of guests attended the memorial act to commemorate the bravery of Czechoslovaks during the World War II.
Author: Pavla Skachova, Embassy of the Czech Republic to the UK, London