Memory of Nations Awards
Each year we organize the Memory of Nations Awards ceremony, where we present our award to people who showed in their lives that honour, freedom, and human dignity are not empty words. In seven years, a total of 34 witnesses have received this recognition from the hands of eminent personalities of Czech and Slovak society. The laureates have included war veterans, political prisoners, resistance fighters, Holocaust survivors, persecuted authors, members of the underground culture, Scouts, Christians, and many others.
In 2018 the Awards will be presented for the ninth time to another four brave and inspirational people (see www.cenypametinaroda.cz for more). The ceremony is traditionally broadcast live by Czech Television and Czech Radio, also by Slovak Television. In the exceptional year of 2014, which commemorated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Iron Curtain, the event was also broadcast by television stations in Poland, Hungary, and Germany.
Veterans’ Day is celebrated throughout the world – mainly in English-speaking countries – on 11 November. It is symbolized by the red poppy flower, which is pinned to a person’s coat in honour and memory of soldiers and veterans of the past. We would like to maintain this tradition in the Czech Republic as well.
More than 800 veterans have told their story for Memory of the Nations. Some 600 more former WW2 soldiers and resistance fighters still live in the Czech Republic, their unique lives as yet hidden to the public. Our Veterans’ Day collection will allow us to document more of their stories. While we can.
For the third time now, Post Bellum is joining the tradition of Veterans’ Day with a poppy collection. Volunteers with money boxes will appear on the streets of Prague and all the regional centers on 10 and 11 November 2018. Remembrance poppies will also be available in 130 locations throughout the Czech Republic (see the map at denveteranu.pametnaroda.cz).
Wear a poppy as a symbol of respect for war veterans. Support the recording of their testimonies for the Memory of Nations.
Memory of Nations Run
We run for all those who didn’t give up
Every week for the past ten years, we have told the Stories of the 20th Century, broadcast by Czech Radio. The stories of veterans, Holocaust survivors, political prisoners, the stories of those who didn’t give up. What can they inspire us to do? To persevere, to have endurance, to overcome our weaknesses. In a race, we are “only” fighting for the best time – they were fighting for their lives, their honour, and their freedom. We must not forget!
The event is accompanied by concerts and a number of educational and entertainment activities.
Sign up to run at behpropametnaroda.cz.