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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 the 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 brig gen Jiří Verner, the Director of the Historical Military Institute col Aleš Knížek, the Mayor of Woking Mohammed Iqbal, chairman of the Free Czechoslovak Air Force Association UK col Arnošt Polák, 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.

Brookwood memorial

Brookwood memorial

Guests in Brookwood cemetery event

Guests at the Brookwood memorial act

Amb.Zantovsky speech in Brookwood

Ambassador Michael Žantovský

RAF Surrey cadets in Brookwood

RAF Surrey cadets

Amb.Zantovsky, col Polak, Deputy Defence Minister Hrbata

Family photo at the Czechoslovak memorial

Medals presentation

Deputy Defense Minister Hrbata presenting medals