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28. 10. 2018 18:10

As part of celebrations of the 100th anniversary, Prime Minister takes part in ceremony at Vítkov as well as viewing a military parade

On Sunday, 28 October 2018, Prime Minister Andrej Babiš attended the climax of the 100th anniversary of the founding of Czechoslovakia. Together with Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini, he first laid wreaths at the National Memorial at Vítkov, then paid his respects at the memorial to Milan Rastislav Štefánik on Petřín Hill, and after an informal lunch with President of the Republic Miloš Zeman and other special guests, watched a military parade on Evropská.

The commemorative act to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the independent Czechoslovak Republic was begun by the national anthem of the Czech Republic at the National Memorial in Vítkov. The two Prime Ministers, Andrej Babiš and Peter Pellegrini, placed wreaths at this place of honour and then moved on to the grave of  Army General Alois Eliáš. By the laying of wreaths they honoured the memory of this fighter in the resistance during the Second World War and the protectorate government, who was executed by the Nazis on 19 June 1942.

Both Prime Ministers, together with the Chairman of the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic Radek Vondráček and the President of the National Council of the Slovak Republic Andrej Dank, then laid wreaths at the statue of Milan Rastislav Štefánik on Petřín Hill. Milan Rastislav Štefánik, together with Tomáš Garrigue Masaryk and Edvard Beneš, is considered to be one of the founders of Czechoslovakia. He was a member of the National Council in Paris and in 1918-1919 was the Czechoslovak Minister of War. He died tragically in an air accident on 4 May 1919, while returning to his homeland.

Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš and Slovak Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini had an informal lunch together and then moved on to the climax of the celebrations of the centenary of Czechoslovak statehood - to a celebration military parade on Evropská in Prague. The military review, attended by the President of the Republic Miloš Zeman, representatives of the Czech Parliament and Government and other important guests, took place for the first time in ten years on an unprecedented scale. In addition to members of the Czech Armed Forces and their equipment, members of the Czech Police, the Medical Emergency Services, the Fire Service, the Customs Administration and the Municipal Police of the City of Prague all took part in the parade.

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