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Celebrations of the end of WWII

On Sunday May 8th, Ambassador Marie Chatardová remembered the sacrifice of Czechoslovak soldiers during the traditional Victory in Europe Day celebration at the Brookwood cemetery organized by the Memorial Association for Free Czechoslovak Veterans.

Ambassador Chatardová delivered a speech in which she reminded the importance of the joint fight of the Brits, Czech and Slovaks against the Nazi regime, which now mirrors in their help to Ukraine, which is itself facing aggressive invasion by the Russian army.

„We have learned that the best way to face the enemy is to face it together. Free nations, standing shoulder to shoulder, drawing on our strengths, pooling our resources, defeating the enemy with our unity. The men and women that lie buried here at this magnificent cemetery were our teachers. The enemy, who once seemed invincible, was not able to break the efforts of the allied forces and ended up defeated. And I am a true believer that history tends to repeat itself.“ said the Ambassador.     

Together with the Czech Defense Attaché Brig Gen Vratislav Beran, she then laid wreath of poppies at the memorial of the Czechoslovak armies, as well as in the civil part of the cemetery, where Czechoslovak soldiers that dies after WWII are buried. She was not the only precious guest of the ceremony, the Ambassador of Slovakia Mr. Róbert Ondrejscák, as well as the defense attachés of Slovakia, the United States of America, France, Australia, New Zealand and Hungary and representatives of the British military also took part. Children from Czech and Slovak schools in the United Kingdom accompanied the ceremony with performance of the Czech, Slovak and British anthems.


Brookwood May 2022