Freedom convoy marking end of World War II parades through Prague

Military cars and motorbikes from the 1940s drove through central Prague en route to Pilsen, where they will feature in the city's Liberation Festival. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 26.04.2024 13:38:00 (updated on 26.04.2024) Reading time: 2 minutes

Twenty historic army vehicles and motorcycles paraded this morning through the streets of Prague, marking 79 years since the end of World War II. The Convoy of Liberty, organized by the U.S. embassy, paid tribute to the liberation of Czechoslovakia by Allied troops. The event, held annually since 2005, will culminate next week in Pilsen.

The convoy, which U.S. Deputy Chief of Mission Christy Agor attended, commemorates a crucial moment in history – the defeat of Nazi oppression by Allied forces. "The legacy of bravery of those who liberated this nation 79 years ago enriches our lives and motivates us to meet the challenges of today," Agor stated. She also honored the late Mirko Trubko, the main organizer of the convoy, for his efforts in promoting the shared history of the Czech Republic and the U.S.

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Agor also emphasized the importance of standing together in the face of current threats, citing the ongoing conflict in Ukraine as a reminder of the stakes at hand. "Just as our alliance 79 years ago ensured victory over authoritarianism, we must now remain united in supporting Ukraine against the same threats," she asserted.

This year, the event takes on even greater significance as it coincides with the Czech Republic's 25th anniversary of joining NATO. According to Agor, this milestone highlights the two nations' strong commitment to protecting fundamental values.

Underlining the close relationship between the U.S. and Czechia, ex-U.S. President Bill Clinton visited Prague as part of Czechia’s NATO-entry commemorations. More recently, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala visited the White House to visit U.S. President Joe Biden to discuss ways to combat aggression from different countries.

The commemoration traditionally culminates in Pilsen. The city has been commemorating the end of World War II and its liberation by the U.S. army for over 30 years. Liberation Festival Pilsen will take place between May 3 and May 5, offering a rich military-historical and cultural program, including exhibitions, concerts, and commemorative acts. 

Speaking of Czechia's relationship with the U.S., Agor concluded: "The legacy of the past must continue to inspire us to defend our shared values and stand together as allies."

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