A procession of 700 members of the legionary community passed through Prague. The association celebrates its centenary
Members and supporters of the Czechoslovak Legionary Community (ČSOL) first gathered in the morning on Wenceslas Square, where they listened to speeches by representatives of the Legionnaires’ Community and the Mayor of Prague, Zdeněk Hřiba.
In them, the speakers reminded that the legionnaires fought for freedom in the First World War and the Czechoslovak Republic was established on their ideals. According to them, the Czech Republic stands on the same values.
At around 10:15 a parade of about 500 people accompanied by military music headed towards Na Příkopě Street. The route of the march continued along Hybernská Street to Seifertova and Příběnická in Vítkov.
Among the participants were war veterans of World War II, former participants in modern missions, falcons and students of military high school. they had historical uniforms.
The parade was led by units with historical battalions from the First and Second World Wars, followed by members of the army’s active reserves and representatives of several dozen legionary units.
Laying a wreath and a minute of silence
Czechoslovak Legionary Community
It is the oldest veteran organization in the country. It was created May 22, 1921 as a unifying organization of Czechoslovak legionaries who fought for the establishment of the Czechoslovak Republic on the Western and Eastern Front or in Russia during the First World War. The first big legionnaires’ event was The legions, has taken place September 4, 1921. At present, the village unites not only war veterans, but also descendants and family members of legionnaires and war veterans and their supporters. He has 3800 members.
At noon at the National Monument in Vítkov, the participants gathered in the honorary courtyard, where they honored the memory of the fallen by laying a wreath and a minute of silence. Members and supporters of the Czechoslovak Legionnaires’ Community were greeted on the spot by Deputy Chief of General Staff Miroslav Hlaváč, Member of Parliament Jana Černochová and Member of Parliament Pavel Růžička.
At the end, the anthem of the Czech Republic was heard. After the ceremony, visitors could see the historical camps of the legions, demonstrations of uniforms, armaments and training.
The event was to commemorate the thousands of legionnaires who laid down their lives for freedom and democracy in both world wars. At the same time, ČSOL wanted to express respect for the current soldiers who continue the legionnaire’s legacy. Military veterans were accompanied by their families and supporters of legionary history. Those interested in Vítkov could see the historical camps of the legions or their armaments.
The event was part of VI. of the demonstration congress of the Czechoslovak Legionary Community, which began on Friday with a ceremonial meeting in the Pantheon of the National Museum in Prague. The celebration followed a similar event of legionnaires from the time of the First Republic.