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Commemorative ceremony at Brookwood

On 7th May 2016 The Free Czechoslovak Air Force Association along with the Defence attachés of the Embassies of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic held a memorial ceremony to mark the end of the Second World War. The service to honour the fallen heroes took place at the Czechoslovak monument in Brookwood military cemetery.
 

The event was attended by the Ambassadors of the Czech Republic and the Slovak Republic Libor Sečka and Lubomír Rehák who, in their speeches, stressed the importance of Czechoslovak resistance during WW2 and paid tribute to all those who contributed to the defeat of Nazism. The most important guests were the survivors of the WW2 air battles who were members of the 311th Czechoslovak Bomber Squadron, Major General Ivan Otto Schwarz, Ret. and Colonel Arnošt Polák, Ret. who still represent a great example of the courage and persistence of the Czechoslovak wartime pilots. The memorial ceremony was also attended by relatives of the fallen and deceased veterans of the Second World War who are buried at the cemetery in Brookwood.

Ambassador Sečka delivers his speech in Brookwood      Participants of the memorial ceremony on 7th May 2016      Col. Jiří Svatoš, Ambassador Libor Sečka, Col. Arnošt Polák Ret., MG Ivan Otto Schwarz Ret., Ambassador Lubomír Rehák and Col. Milan Gavlas. On guard of honour, warrant officer František Kočí.       Brookwood military cemetery

Ambassador Sečka delivers his speech in Brookwood

Participants of the memorial ceremony on 7th May 2016 Participants of the memorial ceremony on 7th May 2016

Col. Jiří Svatoš, Ambassador Libor Sečka, Col. Arnošt Polák Ret., MG Ivan Otto Schwarz Ret., Ambassador Lubomír Rehák and Col. Milan Gavlas. On guard of honour, warrant officer František Kočí.  Col. Jiří Svatoš, Ambassador Libor Sečka, Col. Arnošt Polák Ret., MG Ivan Otto Schwarz Ret., Ambassador Lubomír Rehák and Col. Milan Gavlas. On guard of honour, warrant officer František Kočí.

Brookwood military cemetery
Brookwood military cemetery