Veterans Day 2011

Autor: Oldrich Holecek

Since 2001, the Czech Republic has celebrated the veterans and remembered all fallen soldiers in wars and conflicts, when it joined the civilised world in observing the Veterans Day on 11 November.

The following photo gallery of 18 pictures summarises major events to mark the Veterans Day 2011 in Prague. Similar events were held in a rank of cities, towns and garrisons across the Czech Republic.

The gallery starts with images from opening of an exhibition "From legions to present missions" remembering the long journey of Czech and Slovak soldiers from as early as WW 1 to present foreign military missions and operations of personnel of the Czech military.

Officials and next-of-kin of Czech military officers executed during WW 2 paid tribute at the memorial in front of the Ministry of Defence building.

Full Dvorak Hall at the Prague´s Rudophinum applauded the concert of the Central Band of ACR held at the occasion.

The major ceremony to mark the Veterans Day 2011 attended the highest Czech constitutional representiatives, military officials, rank and file, veterans, foreign Defence Attaches and Military and Air Attaches accredited to the Czech Republic and the public, was held at the National Memorial at the Prague´s Vitkov.

The Ecumenical Service, celebrated by the Chief Chaplain of the Czech military Colonel Jan Kozler, remembered to full hall of the Military Church of St. Jan Nepomucky, the merits of WW 1, WW 2 and new-age veterans.

Posted: November 13, 2011