51st International Military Pilgrimage at Lourdes
The Military Chaplaincy of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic, in cooperation with the Czech Military Spa and Recreation Facilities, organised the participation of Czech soldiers in the 51st International Military Pilgrimage at Lourdes, France from 15 to 17 May 2009.
The International Military Pilgrimage at Lourdes has become a traditional event for Czech soldiers to meet their comrades in arms and shared beliefs.
The tradition to participate in the Pilgrimage to Lourdes commenced in the Czech Lands in 1992, the year before the Czechoslovak Armed Forces split into separate Czech and Slovak military entities. Until 2004, the Pilgrimage at Lourdes was attended also by conscripts; but, since January 2005, when the Czech military became a fully professional force, the trips have been organised for career soldiers and their dependants.
This year, the International Military Pilgrimage has been attendend by 90 Czechs.
Posted: May 18, 2009