Czech town to build memorial thanking U.S. veterans for WWII liberation

Domažlice will build a new liberation memorial funded partially by U.S. families of WWII veterans.

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Published on 03.04.2021 14:36 (updated on 03.04.2021)

Domažlice will build a new liberation memorial honoring the U.S. soldiers who liberated the town in early May 1945, the town's mayor Zdeněk Novák has told CTK.

The creation of the new memorial was initiated by families of the U.S. veterans.

Novák said the families have collected 330,000 crowns to build the memorial, and Domažlice will add double that sum to complete it.

Over the past 30 years, an annual Liberation Festival in Domažlice has been attended by U.S. WWII veterans, their families, and also representatives of Domažlice's sister town in Two Rivers, Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin town was the location where the first people from the Domažlice area to emigrate to the United States settled down.

This year, the arrival of guests from the U.S. for the annual festival is not possible due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The new memorial, to be created by sculptor Václav Fiala, will be comprised of stone benches and a table with a U.S. military helmet and a hut typical of the historical Chod community that inhabited the border area around Domažlice in west Bohemia.

Other parts of the monument will feature a granite monolith with a motif of the U.S. and Czech flags.