Prague, Nov 10 (CTK) – An ecumenic mass for war victims was celebrated by Czech military chaplains in the army church in Prague-Hradcany on the eve of the Veterans Day yesterday.
A speech was delivered by Prague Archbishop Dominik Duka during the divine service. The participants in the event included Chief-of-Staff Josef Becvar, Deputy Defence Minister Alena Netolicka, war veterans and anti-Communist resistance fighters.
Further events marking the Veterans Day will be held in the city.
Czech and Slovak presidents, Milos Zeman and Andrej Kiska, will attend a music concert in the Rudolfinum Hall this evening.
On Friday morning, Defence Ministry officials will remember 102 Czech military officers who were executed by the Nazis in 1939-1945.
Defence Minister Martin Stropnicky will award both soldiers and civilians at the Vitkov National Memorial later tomorrow.
The Veterans Day has been celebrated in the Czech Republic since 2001. On November 11, 1918, armistice between the Allies of World War One and Germany was signed, ending the fighting on the Western Front.
General Staff spokesman Jan Sulc said more than 13,000 war veterans are registered in the country, most of them being veterans of foreign missions organised in the last three decades. There are about 680 surviving WW2 veterans.