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Events 2012

The Embassy Participates in Liberation Commemorations in Western and Southern Bohemia

April 30, 2012
The U.S. Embassy in Prague — traditionally the first stop of Convoy of Liberty, April 27, 2012.  (Photo U.S. Embassy Prague)

The U.S. Embassy in Prague — traditionally the first stop of Convoy of Liberty.

On April 27, 2012 the Convoy of Liberty started its route commemorating the liberation of Western Bohemia by U.S. Armed Forces in 1945 at the U.S. Embassy in Prague. Military vintage cars from World War II are on their way to the city of Pilsen where  the biggest commemoration event – the Liberation Festival – will take place on May 6 with American veterans and their families and the U.S. Embassy representatives. A detailed schedule of Pilsen commemorations can be found on www.liberationfestival.com.

As every year since 1990, U.S. diplomats have been proud to participate in celebrations held by some fifty municipalities across the western and southern part of Bohemia commemorating the World War II liberation by the U.S. Third Army under the command of General George S. Patton. During the communist era, the U.S. role in the liberation of Czech Republic from Nazis was suppressed for propaganda purposes and Czechs were allowed to commemorate liberation by Soviet Red Army only.