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Czech republic  |  November 12, 2012 11:51:18

Czech commemoration of Veterans Day


PRAGUE (MEDIAFAX) - On the occasion of Veterans Day celebrations at Prague tomb held on Sunday pious act, which reminded commemorate soldiers fighting abroad. Celebration was attended by soldiers, politicians, witnesses the Second World War as well as participants in modern foreign missions. Defense Minister Alexandr Vondra (ODS) appreciated vereránů fourteen, among them those who showed heroism in World War II, and participants in modern conflicts.

"Belonging to veterans is still an honor and commitment. We try to make them more and more," mentioned on Sunday's tomb Vondra. Among the award-winning Stéblová include Helena who helped during the Second World War a wounded guerrilla, for which her whole family ended up in a concentration camp.

Veterans Day, which falls on the 11th November, is celebrated around the world, only in the Czech Republic since 2001.

The date was chosen symbolically, because on that day in 1918 was in the train car in Le Francport at severofrancouzského of Compiegne armistice signed between the Allies and Germany, which were completed on the Western Front fighting first World War II. The main signatories of the truce were the Supreme Allied Commander Marshal Ferdinand Foch and the German deputy Matthias Erzberger.

The symbol on veterans became poppy flower. It has its origins in the poem, which he wrote in 1915, Canadian surgeon John McCrae, who served on the Western Front, near the Belgian town of Ypres. Poppy as a symbol for the fallen soldiers of the 1st World War II first used a U.S. professor Moina Michael humanistka.

Czech army currently has almost two thousand veterans of the Second World War. Another 17,000 soldiers participated in foreign missions.

Catherine Šurmanová, surmanova@mediafax.cz

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