Today Czech citizens remember the student uprising 85 years ago when young people came together to speak out against Nazi occupation. Nearly a century later their bravery inspired the start of the so-called Velvet Revolution as a memorial march in the students’ honor helped bring about the end of Communist dictatorship in Czechoslovakia. Last month the central European country joined with its former federal partner Slovakia to commemorate the 100-year anniversary of Czechoslovakia’s creation.
November 17 is now an official holiday, also known as National Day of Freedom. It’s a great time to reflect on the rich history of this land and the courage shown by its citizens, especially its young people, throughout this century.
Happy National Day of Freedom, Czechia!