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Memorial Ceremony at Westminster Abbey

On Thursday 9 November, Westminster Abbey hosted a commemorative ceremony to mark the 30th anniversary of the plaque commemorating Czechoslovak soldiers killed during the Second World War.

The ceremony was organised by the Memorial Association for Free Czechoslovak Veterans and was attended by a prestigious delegation including the Ambassadors of the Czech and Slovak Republics, Mrs Marie Chatardová and Mr Róbert Ondrejcsák, and the Dean of Westminster Abbey, Dr David Hoyle, The Marquess of Cholmondeley, members of the House of Lords - Lord Dubs and Lord Lingfield, Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines, Sir George Norton, Commander of the Royal College of Defence Studies and the stepson of the author of the plaque Franta Bělský, Mr Štefan Drexler.

The plaque was placed on the wall of the West Cloisters of Westminster Abbey on 28 October 1993 by Czechoslovak veterans and representatives of the governments of the Czech and Slovak Republics and the United Kingdom to mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. It was designed by the well-known Czechoslovak sculptor Franta Bělský, himself a veteran of the Second World War.


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