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95th Anniversary of Foundation of Czechoslovakia

On 28th October we celebrate the 95th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia, a country that no longer exists today, but we consider it the forerunner of the current Czech Republic.

During the course of those 95 years, our country has several times changed its name, its boundaries and also its character, its political order and direction.

It was built on the principles for which its founder, President Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk, found the inspiration right here in the United States - namely on freedom, democracy and efficient distribution of power, so that none of them were completely without control.

Unfortunately, these principles have been abandoned and trampled first under the duress and occupation of fascist power, which was replaced almost immediately after the end of the 2nd World War by the totalitarian communist regime. It took another 40 years before our country became again a free and democratic, the country that is now an integral part of the transatlantic community, the country sharing not only the basic social values with its allies but also the will to defend them.

I would like to underline that all of these are very good reasons to celebrate this anniversary.

Martin Dvorak
Consul General