British Missions

British Missions

Pilgrimages to Gravesites of Czechoslovak Soldiers
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Zadavatel: 
Libor Sečka
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Rok vydání: 
2021
Formát: 
170 x 230 mm
Počet stran: 
184
Vazba: 
flexo vazba
ISBN: 
978-80-7485-238-1
Hmotnost: 
0 g

Libor Sečka, Ambassador of the Czech Republic to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (2016–2021), initiated a project called “Never Forgotten”, whose aim was to honour the memory of 309 Czechoslovak soldiers who died in the United Kingdom during World War II war and are buried there. His project received the support of members of both countries’ governments.

In stages, he travelled to 125 places of reverence throughout the United Kingdom to pay tribute to the soldiers and place red roses on their graves in gratitude. He summarized his impressions and thoughts, not only about their fates but also about current events, in 19 installments. An important part of each stop was capturing the atmosphere of the visited places in photographs.

The whole project was dedicated to two anniversaries: 80 years since members of the Czechoslovak Army arrived in Great Britain and 75 years since the end of World War II. Joining the ambassador on his visits to places of reverence were Czech compatriots; representatives of the British Parliament, municipal governments and religious communities; senior military officers, especially of the Royal Air Force (RAF); and members of historical associations from both countries. Among the most distinguished personalities to become involved in the project were Baron Daniel Finkelstein, a well-known commentator for The Times and a member of the House of Lords; Sir David Amess, Paul Bristow and Greg Hands — all members of the House of Commons of the British Parliament; and successful Czech footballers Tomáš Souček and Vladimír Coufal.