50th Anniversary of Prague Spring
When: Sunday, August 19, 2018 - 2:00 PM
Where: Begin in Czech Garden, Cleveland Cultural Gardens, 880 East Blvd, Cleveland, OH
Prague Spring caused a loosening of the tight grip of the Communist regime.
In early 1968, Alexander Dubcek was elected First Secretary of the Party. He attempted reforms that would allow freedom of speech and in the press. Also, farmers and trade unions were given increased rights to bargain for their well being and improve the quality of life in Czechoslovakia as a whole.
This came to a halt on August 20, 1968 when troops from the Warsaw Pact invaded Czechoslovakia to reassert power to Moscow.
It is to honor these efforts that we gather to remember the struggles of our ancestors and perhaps living relatives within the borders of Czechoslovakia.
Beginning in the Czech Garden at 2:00 PM, there will be a re-dedication ceremony of two new granite plaques, one being the Czech National Anthem. There will be a singing and translation of all three National Anthems (Czech, Slovak and Rusyn). Three rose bushes have been planted in front of the T. G. Masaryk bust and will be ceremonially watered by representatives of Czech, Slovak and Rusyn organizations. Dr. Richard Crepage, Slovak Honorary Council designee will make brief comments.
Please join us to celebrate this important event that is part of our "recent" history. (Bring a lawn chair) Light refreshments will be available
There is ample free parking along East Blvd.